GFM Network News

Communities are strong when their citizens are empowered

A strong leader is not enough — everyone needs to be involved and informed for communities to thrive

Reading Time: 3 minutes Community development is more than economic or social projects. It is the empowerment of people so they have resilience when faced with change and challenge. After completing my courses on rural community development with the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) of the United Nations, I thought about what resilience might mean and how we can […] Read more

Even though it had been encased in concrete, this grenade could still have detonated and posed a dangerous threat.

Are there old explosives on your farm or ranch?

The RCMP says it regularly gets reports of degraded dynamite and detonators, and even grenades

Reading Time: < 1 minute Not so long ago, Alberta farmers and ranchers had easy access to dynamite and detonators. Because of these old rules, there is a large — but unquantified — amount of degraded dynamite in the province. Every year, many Albertans report finding dynamite or detonators stored, or in some cases forgotten, on their properties. Anyone who […] Read more


Online help for developing an emergency plan

Reading Time: < 1 minute This is a good time of year to develop or review your farm’s emergency plan — and there’s a free online guide for doing that. The Rural Emergency Plan can be used to create a site map; inventory of hazardous goods; location of emergency water supplies, equipment and other supplies; and issues for first responders […] Read more

Do you have an emergency response plan?

Reading Time: < 1 minute Every farm should have an emergency response plan, says an Alberta Agriculture farm safety specialist. That plan needs to include “procedures, training and exercises based on individual farming and ranching needs,” said Blair Takahashi. A chain of command should also be established to minimize confusion and alternate means of communicating. Practice drills will not only […] Read more

Horse owners asked to complete survey on emergency plans

Survey closes Nov. 23

Reading Time: < 1 minute Horse owners are being asked to take a survey on their emergency preparedness so both they and others in the equine sector are better prepared to handle a crisis situation. “The importance of developing an equine emergency structure for Alberta was demonstrated recently with the wildfires in Fort McMurray,” the Alberta Equestrian Federation said in […] Read more