Ag Notes

Grain safety program continues

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association and Corteva Agriscience Canada will continue to collaborate with the BeGrainSafe’s grain safety program through 2022.

The rural community safety program provides rural fire departments with the training and specialized equipment needed to rescue individuals who become trapped in grain.

Corteva’s sponsorship has enabled CASA to build the BeGrainSafe mobile demonstration unit and develop educational resources.

This is the second year the organization is specifically supporting rural firefighter training and supplying the specialized equipment needed for grain entrapment extractions.

More information is at or contact CASA at 877-452-2272 or

Hunger fight tackles food waste

A $150,000 donation from Farm Credit Canada will be used by Moisson Montréal, the largest Canadian foodbank, to combat hunger and for sustainable development.

The money will be used to launch a semi-automated fruit and vegetable bagging line with a capacity of 1,000 kilograms per hour.

The new line allows Moisson Montréal to accept large-scale donations of surplus fruits and vegetables.

Between April 2020 and March 2021, the food aid network distributed more than $117 million in food to Montreal organizations and to other Moissons and food banks in Canada — 44 percent more than during the same period the previous year.

The collaboration has encouraged another food banks partner, Bonduelle, to replicate the model elsewhere in North America.

Funding helps build trust in ag

The federal and provincial governments announced $1.5 million over two years in renewed funding for Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan, Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan and 4-H Saskatchewan.

The investment is aimed at building public trust in agriculture and developing the next generation of agriculture leaders.

The two-year agreements will provide Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan with $300,000, 4-H Saskatchewan with $600,000 and Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan with $610,000.

Calgary Stampede hires new CEO

Joel Cowley is the new chief executive officer for the Calgary Stampede and will take over the reins from interim CEO Dana Peers in September.

The search for a new CEO began in late December 2020 after the death of Warren Connell.

Cowley is the former president and CEO of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Farming Smarter receives WGRF donation

As part of its $32 million Capacity Initiative, the Western Grains Research Foundation is investing $253,000 at Farming Smarter for the purchase of a plot seeder and plot combine.

Farming Smarter is a not-for-profit research organization near Lethbridge that conducts research, which is shared with crop producers.

The new equipment will help increase capacity, address research gaps and alleviate pressure at seeding and harvest time.

In total, 24 Phase 2 Capacity Initiative applications were approved by WGRF with additional capacity-funding announcements being made in the coming months.

Colleges collaborate on research

Students from Loyalist College in Ontario and Olds College in Alberta plan to collaborate in smart agriculture, vertical farming and aspects of urban planning around farming and food sustainability.

The institutions will share expertise, knowledge and research data, under an agreement that covers two years.

Mentorship semi-finalists announced

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association’s Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program announced its 24 semi-finalists for the 2021-22 program year.

The program offers young people aged 18-35 the opportunity to join with a beef industry leader in their specific area of interest for a nine-month mentorship.

They are each granted a $2,000 budget to fund various learning opportunities and their participation in industry events of their choice.

The semi-finalists will advance to the final round at the annual CYL selections event where 16 participants will be chosen.

For further information, contact CCA communication manager Tammy Melesko at 403-451-0931 or

FMC Corp. funds safety training

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association and FMC Corp. Canada will continue to collaborate with the BeGrainSafe’s grain safety program.

This is the third year that FMC is a major sponsor of the community safety program, which provides rural fire departments with the training and specialized equipment needed to rescue individuals who become trapped in grain.

At the heart of the BeGrainSafe program is the mobile training and demonstration unit. The unit is a trailer with a built-in bin. Above the bin is an arm that can safely lower a person or mannequin into the grain. Cameras, a PA system, and TV monitors show spectators below how properly trained rescue demonstrators extract the victim before they’re swallowed up by the grain.

The trailer will be travelling across the Prairies this summer providing training to firefighters. There is also an online training module available to anyone interested in learning the basics.


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