21 Jul

5 Principles to Understanding Agricultural Integrated Pest Management

Pest management is often reduced to one of two general approaches: applying pesticides at scheduled times throughout the year, regardless of an existent pest problem, or retaliating with a heavy volume of synthetic pesticides after a problem has been discovered. Unfortunately, both of these practises involve a heavy concentration of pesticides and may not be as effective as believed.

The following information can help agricultural businesses and workers understand how to better manage pests:

28 Jun

10 Ways Farm Workers Can Lift and Stoop Without Injury While Working

Those employees working in agriculture will need to lift heavy loads and stoop excessively, both of which can cause serious back injury. Back soreness or injury not only interferes with daily work, it can also affect the rest of one's life.

Take the following precautions when lifting on the job to avoid back pain or injury:

25 May

3 Ways Agricultural Workers Can Reduce Their Exposure to Grain Dust

Grain dust is a serious concern for many farmers. Exposure to grain dust can result in eye, skin and upper respiratory tract irritation, as well as bronchitis symptoms and chronic decrements in pulmonary function. Furthermore, grain dust can cause damage to equipment and is highly combustible, further resulting in reduced efficiency, injury and even death.

The following tips can help keep workers safe and reduce their exposure to grain dust:

12 May

4 Types of Cyber Attacks That Commonly Target the Agriculture Sector

The agriculture sector is a key part of Canada’s economy, trade and food supply. A cybersecurity breach could be detrimental to agricultural operations, and should be taken seriously as technology continues to rapidly advance.

The following are attacks that have been seen as or are anticipated to be a high probability in the agriculture sector:

16 Apr

8 Ways to Safely Handle Agricultural Animals and Prevent Injuries

Animal handling can be a dangerous practice. Untrained or inexperienced individuals risk misreading a situation and approaching it incorrectly. Even experienced animal handlers risk becoming too comfortable and letting their guard down.

There are thousands of animal-related injuries each year, some of which result in death. The most common animal handling injuries include bites, being stepped on, knocked down, kicked, thrown while riding or pinned between the animal and a hard surface.

The following tips can help to keep you safe when handling animals:

20 Mar

COVID-19 & Business Interruption Insurance: A Brief Q&A


Got questions about how the current COVID-19 pandemic relates to your commercial insurance? Thanks to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, we’ve got some of the answers to the most pressing questions Canadian business owners are facing.

18 Mar

Tractor Safety Precautions for Agriculture Workers


Tractor accidents are one of the main cause of farming deaths. Losing control of the equipment can result in the operator or bystanders being run over and crushed.

05 Mar

Canada's Classes of Cannabis


Amendments to the Cannabis Act that came into effect Oct. 17 introduced three new classes of cannabis available for public sale. Per the regulations, license holders need to give Health Canada a 60-day notice before selling.

04 Mar

4 Hazards for Grain Handling Facility Operators


Any industry that involves moving and storing grains is at risk for experiencing explosions, fires, entrapment, flammable liquid/gas leaks or chemical spills. As an employer, you probably know that these hazards exist and that they happen every day across the country, destroying facilities and harming workers.

03 Mar

11 Ways to Reduce Risk of Injuries from Grain Augers


Though grain augers have made farming tasks much easier, they are one of the main causes of injury and death in agribusiness.

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