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Progressive Agriculture Safety Day

About 140  Grade 4 and 5 students from Unity Public School and St. Peter’s School in Unity, SK, and Norman Carter School in Wilkie, SK, attended a Progressive Agriculture Safety day May 22, organized by ADM Agri-Industries of Lloydminster. The safety day was held at the Agroplex in Unity.

Mike Wismer and Darcy Thomas, of Unity Family Foods, provided lunch for all students, teachers, instructors and chaperons.

Unity Family FoodsEnjoy the following photos and please see the June 2nd issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for additional details of the event.

Eight different safety stations were set up.

Combine safety, hosted by Jeremy Thompson of Moody’s Equipment, Unity, Saskatchewan

Moody's Equipment

First aid, hosted by Robb Henderson and Fay Robertson of Heartland Health Region

Heartland Health, Saskatchewan

Chemical safety, hosted by Jennifer Heyden and Alison Sutherland, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

Learning to be safe around chemicals

Fire safety, hosted by Unity firefighter Chris Lebebvre

Unity firefighters

Firearm safety, hosted by hunter safety instructors Mervin Bosch and Gary Neigum

Farm Safety Day, Unity SK

Vehicle/rollover safety, hosted by Sgt. Grant Rusk and RCMP

RCMP with rollover simulatro

Tractor safety, hosted by Larry Budd and Stephen Ireland of JayDee AgTech, Unity

Farm Safety Day, Unity SK

Also hosting a safety station was Ann Chan, public health inspector, who spoke about food safety to the students.

The following photos illustrate the tractor safety demo of the power of a front end loader.

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Training programs for “the hired hand”


Hands-on training to help address farm labour challenges

The Agricultural Operator Program is a module-based program offering practical, hands-on training to individuals interested in working on Saskatchewan farms. Students and employers will have the flexibility to choose the entire program or specific modules relevant to their farms.

The first three modules will be seeding, spraying and scouting, and harvest to be delivered at Parkland Regional College in Yorkton. Additional modules will be developed for the livestock industry including haying, beef cattle reproduction and calving, and cattle husbandry and handling. Following the pilot program, the provincial government will work to expand the program to other regional colleges across Saskatchewan.

The pilot program will start with a seeding module beginning March 3 and ending April 16. The module is comprised of 36 hours of hands-on workshops and nine hours of online delivery. It will cover essential farm knowledge for seeding processes and equipment maintenance. The spraying module will be available in late May and the harvest module will be available in early July.

“We are pleased to run the pilot year of this course at our Yorkton Campus,” Parkland College President Fay Myers said. “The timing of the modules matches the critical times on the farm, so employees can take the seeding module during the time right before seeding. Then they can then put their education to use right away in the field.”

For more information on how to apply for the program, go to www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/GrowingForward2 or www.parklandcollege.sk.ca.

When the program was announced this week, Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said, “Producers have indicated that they need more skilled labour for their operations and this program directly responds to their needs. Farmers can send current or potential employees through the program to develop or help fine tune their skills. Additionally, general labourers without a farm background will have an opportunity to gain the experience needed to get involved in the industry.”

spring on the PrairiesThe federal and provincial governments will invest $200,000 in funding for the development and delivery of the Agricultural Operator Program pilot through Growing Forward 2.