Farmer Health/Safety
October 27, 2017, Edmonton, ALta. –  An Alberta government panel is recommending the province subsidize farmers and ranchers to offset costs of new occupational health and safety rules.The panel said the long list of requirements in the occupational health and safety code, ``when added up, may be significant for some and…
September 29, 2017, Victoria, B.C. - British Columbia farmers are invited to safely and responsibly dispose of their unwanted or obsolete pesticides and livestock (including equine) medications from October 3 through 19, 2017.In partnership with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI), Cleanfarms, an industry-led, national not-for-profit environmental stewardship organization, is…
July 7, 2017, Langley, B.C. – Approximately 2,000 wildfires occur each year in British Columbia. The effect of wildfires on the province’s agriculture community can be devastating and costly.More than half of the wildfires in 2016 were caused by humans.With the wildfire season upon on us in B.C., there are…
June 6, 2016 - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is collaborating with public health, veterinary, and agriculture officials in many states, as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS), to investigate seven separate multistate outbreaks of human Salmonella infections. Results from…
Oct. 18, 2013 - The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) welcomes a new Chair to the CASA Board of Directors, while congratulating a new Director to the Board. Denis Bilodeau, Second Vice President of l’Union des producteurs agricole (UPA) was re-elected to the Board representing producer groups this past October at…
Antimicrobials are used in the broiler industry routinely. Not only do they improve performance (growth, feed conversion and meat yield), but they also reduce the risk of consumers being exposed to food-borne pathogens. Food safety is a significant and growing issue for consumers internationally, and food-related illnesses or deaths often…
The room went silent for a moment as Jan Shearer fought to keep his composure, unable to speak. “I struggle sometimes to give this presentation,” the veterinarian from Iowa State University told a gathering of Farm and Food Care (FFC) delegates at a meeting in Guelph earlier this spring. His…
Poultry farmers understand and adhere to strict standards when it comes to food safety, but surprisingly, there are still many who don’t realize that they must also adhere to standards of health and safety. The good news is that it isn’t because farmers don’t care, it is really just a…
Regardless of how you feel about it, your role as a producer of food has changed since your grandfather was farming. No longer are you simply trusted to produce safe chicken, eggs and turkey; now, you’re expected to prove it. Whereas 50 years ago, “agvocacy” wasn’t really necessary because most…
"I will never forgive her. Forgiving her would be letting her win.” This is how Julie justifies harbouring rage and bitterness for her sister‑in‑law for several years.We are all after the same thing: happiness. Yet several studies have shown that harbouring hatred toward someone conflicts with happiness. Happy people do…
Nov. 9, 2012, Ottawa, ON - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, has announced that new regulations have come into force, updating Health Canada's 50-year-old rules for regulating food additives and improving food safety. Food additives are substances that affect the nature of a food (flavour, colour, consistency etc.)…
UPDATE (Nov. 6, 2012) - Minister Gerry Ritz has raised over $7,000 in the first week of his Movember campaign. However, more donations are needed to meet this year’s target of $25,000. Donations can be made as individuals or collectively as organizations to Minister Ritz’s Movember Canada campaign online (link…
Sept. 7, 2012 - A mutation of the highly toxic H5N1 bird flu has appeared in Vietnam, and state media reports state that it is spreading fast, resulting in mass culls. According to Times Live, outbreaks have been reported in six provinces in the past two months and 180,000 birds…
Aug. 15, 2012 - An incidence of low pathogenic avian influenze, of serotype H7N7, has been found on a farm in the Netherlands. According to a report issued by the OIE (World Organization for Animal Health), the outbreak was first detected in August 9th, 2012 with over 31,000 laying hens…
Jul. 23, 2012 - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that the Salmonella outbreak that has hit more than 70 people from 20 states stems from Estes Hatchery in Missouri. The mail-order hatchery, according to an article in the News Leader, has remained open during…
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