AG Notes

Alta. changes business skills program

Alberta Agriculture recently made a few small changes to the Business Management Skills Development Program.

The terms and conditions have been updated with a slightly different application form.

However, the benefits of the agri-business program remain largely intact.

It targets producers, agri-processing companies and agricultural organizations and helps applicants improve their business management skills.

Funding goes to eligible courses or programs focused on business management skills and training to improve marketing productivity, financial management, risk management skills, leadership skills, communications, strategic thinking, board governance, human resources and farm safety.

For more information, visit Alberta’s GF 2 website or call the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276).

Emergency preparation recommended

Farmers and ranchers are advised to have an emergency preparedness plan in place before an emergency, such as a wildfire, occurs on their farm.

Alberta Agriculture’s emergency management services said producers should know the defensive steps to take to minimize the risk and reduce the potential damage to family, property and animals in the event of a wildfire.

One step is to make the farmyard fire smart. This can be as simple as cutting the grass and getting rid of underbrush around buildings and fence lines.

An ample water supply during dry conditions is another way to manage the risk of fire.

Communicating the critical parts of a plan before a fire is just as important:

  • Turn the power off.
  • Open the gates to let animals run out into the pasture.
  • Make sure everyone leaves.

Wildfire Mobile apps are available that provide up-to-date information on fire bans and current fires.

For more information, visit Alberta Agriculture’s website.

Take care when moving equipment on public roads

Operators of farm equipment are reminded to buckle up when travelling public roads.

The Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting program has found that 13 percent of farm-related fatalities in Canada are traffic-related, and most involved tractors.

Poor maintenance of equipment such as brakes and tires can lead to loss of control and is a contributing factor to accidents.

Machinery rollovers are the number one cause of farm-related fatalities in Canada.

Farm equipment should be clearly visible and equipped with all regulated requirements for lighting and signage.

The slow moving vehicle sign must be properly mounted, clean and not faded. It must be positioned on the rear of the tractor or towed implement and clearly visible.

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Canola council welcomes new board members

Four members recently joined the Canola Council of Canada’s board of directors for 2016-17:

  • Aaron Anderson of Richardson International, nominated by the Western Grain Elevator Association
  • Charlene Bradley of the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, nominated by canola grower associations
  • Jennifer Marchand of Cargill Ltd., nominated by the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association
  • Jeff Pleskach of Cargill Ltd., nominated by the Western Grain Elevator Association

Directors are nominated by organizations representing growers, processors, exporters and life science companies.



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