Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Funding for Farm Safety


Ottawa invests money for safety days and new exhibits.


The federal government is investing more money in farm safety.

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association will receive a 5 million dollar injection.

Officials say they will use the money to create exhibits, web resources and training material to help farmers spot and minimize safety hazards.

The money will also be used to support progressive agricultural safety days -- which are events that make rural youth more aware of hazards on the farm and in a rural environment.


The Ontario Young Farmers Forum is being held this weekend.

The two day even begins Sunday in Toronto and the theme this year is "Driving to Success."

There will be several speakers and panelists who will talk about successful farm transition planning, innovative practices and marketing programs.


Today is the last day to register for a special workshop next week at the Elmwood Community Centre.

Doctor Temple Grandin is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.

She will speak next Thursday about how farmers can reduce stress while handling livestock and prevent behaviour problems with animals.

To register -- call 986-3756.


Many Saskatchewan farmers are not happy that the province's biggest hog producer has applied for creditor protection.

Big Sky Farms owes creditors almost 100 million dollars.

Kelly Graham -- who supplied feed grain to the company -- says he feels now like he worked for nothing.


Canola meal shipments from five Canadian plants have been stopped at the U-S border over concerns about potentially dangerous salmonella bacteria.

And farmers are calling on the federal government to help sort out the situation before the backlog affects production and the price of the lucrative crop, which is used in animal feed.


There are more problems with genetically modified flax.

Japan has now found G-M flaxseed in imports from Canada.

The material was discovered through spot checks on flax exported from  Saskatchewan.

The Japanese government has said it will now check for G-M material in every Canadian flaxseed shipment intended for food or feed.

The European Union market banned Canadian flax this summer after the discovery of G-M material.


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