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Extra care is needed when using equipment this season to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Add COVID-19 to your safety plan for spring seeding

More cleaning and less sharing of equipment are sensible moves these days

Plan how to stay safe while seeding during COVID-19. Start, of course, by minimizing contact, said Jody Wacowich, executive director of AgSafe Alberta. “If you have a large group, maybe have them come at different points during the morning, so they’re not all together,” she said. But having safety conversations, in one form or another, […] Read more

Just outside the yard at Stamp Seeds is an intersection. Go through that — or any — stop sign is a firing offence, says Richard Stamp, adding that rule applies to him, too.

Alberta farm walking the walk on safety

Stamp Seeds has seen major growth and that’s prompted family to ‘put that culture of safety up front’

Much has changed at Stamp Seeds since it was founded by Richard and Marian Stamp more than 40 years ago. “We have a pretty dynamic farm — there’s never a day that goes by without something exciting happening,” said Richard. “But that is also why it’s been important to have a culture of safety on […] Read more


Take extra steps to keep farm workers safe during COVID-19

Add biosecurity practices, or ramp up the ones you already employ

Farmers concerned about the spread of COVID-19 can learn from the hog sector on the matter of protecting themselves and their workers, says a leading expert on biosecurity in the pork industry. “This is the world of biosecurity that the swine industry deals with on a daily basis,” said Dr. Egan Brockhoff, veterinarian counsellor for […] Read more

Firefighters use a silo kit and other items on hand to build a cofferdam around the 14-year-old girl trapped in grain.

It was just an average day during harvest — and then there was a scream

Thanks to BeGrainSafe training, first responders were able to avert a tragedy

Grain entrapment happens quickly and is often fatal — but awareness and training can avert a tragedy. That was the case on Nov. 4 in Leamington, Ont. when grain rescue training, the proper equipment, and teamwork all combined to save the life of a 14-year-old girl trapped in corn. It was just a regular fall […] Read more


A cellphone is a great safety device when working alone — as long as it’s charged, there’s reception 
where you’re working, and there’s someone you can call who can quickly come to your aid in case of an accident.

Don’t just rely on your cellphone when working alone on the farm

Farm Safety Week: Old-school tech, GPS devices and careful planning can come through if your cellphone fails you

Cellphones have made it easier for producers to communicate on the job — especially ones working alone. In the event of an injury, a one-touch emergency cell call can mean the difference between life and death. But as great as cellphones may be, they’re not the be-all and end-all of an on-farm communications plan. Congratulations […] Read more

Safety training has become a passion for Hanneke Camps — and it’s a process that’s continually evolving, she says.

‘Common sense’ isn’t an alternative to communication

Never stop talking about dangers and safe practices, says safety-minded Alberta producer

A farm, particularly during a busy season, is at best barely controlled chaos, with vehicles, equipment, employees and even kids all competing for the same farmyard real estate. So how do you bring order to that chaos and keep everyone safe? Ask Hanneke Camps and she’ll tell you communication is the key. Although everyone talks […] Read more


Family farms remain exempt from OHS requirements, but farmers are encouraged to consider implementing safety on their farms.

Opinion: What does Alberta’s Farm Freedom and Safety Act mean for you?

Insurance, employment standards and OHS compliance are three areas producers need to consider

Farmers, we get it. Whenever a new agriculture-specific bill is adopted, you rightfully ask, ‘How does this apply to me?’ Rarely are there easy answers, especially when they come in the form of legislation that is long, wordy, and, let’s be honest, not that fun of a read. A recent example of this is the […] Read more

The new provincial workplace safety law for farms is now in effect but even if you have just one paid, non-family employee, the Occupational Health and Safety Act still applies.

What does the new farm safety law mean on your farm?

There are more options under Farm Freedom and Safety Act but farm employers have the same basic obligations

The Farm Freedom and Safety Act doesn’t give producers freedom from making sure their employees make it home safe and sound at the end of every work day. That’s the gist of a new campaign by AgSafe Alberta, which is trying to correct a misconception that Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) laws don’t apply to […] Read more


A group of farmers, government and industry officials pose at Tri M Farms near Bon Accord after the unveiling of new workplace safety legislation.

Alberta’s new farm safety act gets warm response

New act exempts most Alberta farms from workplace rules, removes right to unionize

There were no surprises when the United Conservative government unveiled its new farm workplace safety legislation — and that’s one of the things that farm leaders like about it. “It’s making farming easier,” Alberta Canola chair John Guelly said in contrasting the new legislation with the contentious version brought in by the previous NDP government. […] Read more

Farm safety program for youth receives funding

A $10,000 grant from Corteva Agriscience will support the development and delivery of Ag for Life’s Safety on the Farm for Youth module. The interactive online course can be used in the classroom to teach students how to build a personalized farm safety plan while learning safety tactics. The plan will be available in both […] Read more