Grain safety practices strengthened
The federal government is investing up to $375,000 for the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association to implement the Grain Safety Program.
The program aims to educate Canadians and reduce injuries and deaths due to grain handling. Increased awareness, training for farmers and grain workers will help reduce grain-related injuries and fatalities. The funding will enable the association to provide training modules and demonstrations to raise public awareness.
Program activities will include:
- a mobile grain safety demonstration and training unit
- an interactive trade show display
- table displays for youth aged eight to 12
- on-site training for grain producers
- rescue training for volunteer first responders
The agricultural industry is one of the top three most hazardous sectors in which to work. On average, 84 Canadians are killed each year in ag related incidents.
Probiotics marketing gets funding
Bio-K Plus International Inc. in Laval, Que., was approved by the federal government for up to $50,000 to market probiotic capsules and beverages in the United States. The project aims to raise consumer awareness about the health benefits of probiotic products and increase Bio-K Plus exports to the U.S.
The probiotic line is recognized by Health Canada for the primary prevention of clostridium difficile infections to reduce infections.
Feds fund jobs for youth
Ottawa plans to invest up to $5.2 million over two years for the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative, which is designed to attract young Canadians to green jobs within the agriculture sector.
Funding is available to support youth internships, on farms and with organizations engaged in the agriculture and agri-food sector for environmentally beneficial activities. The funding is planned for two streams.
- The Green Farms stream provides matching funds of up to $10,000 to help a farmer hire high school or college students to support environmentally beneficial activities on the farm.
- The Green Internships stream provides matching funds of up to $16,000 to help organizations involved in the agricultural industry hire young graduates to pursue environmental activities, services or research that benefit the agriculture sector.
More information is available at www.agr.gc.ca
Organic report available
The Prairie Organic Report has been released by the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative. It is designed to help farmers increase yields and improve grain quality. It was compiled from information supplied by organic certification bodies across Canada to the Canada Organic Trade Association in 2015.
It details organic producers, processors and handlers; organic acreage and crop types; and province-specific trends and statistics.
The report is available at www.pivotandgrow.com.