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National Farm Safety Week


By Fadi Didi

Expert says proper training, education & preventative maintenance is key.

Length: 1:14

National farm safety week runs March 14th to the 20th, and the Canada Safety Council is out with safety tips around machinery.

President Jack Smith says it's only through proper training, education and preventative maintenance that farm tools can be used safely.

According to Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting, the average of fatalities between 2002-2012 was approximately 30 fatalities less than the running average from 1990-2001.

Although the overall trend is encouraging, 2012 still saw 60 agriculture-related fatalities.

Machinery dominated as the major cause of fatalities, with 70 per cent of fatalities being attributed to machine rollovers, run overs, or entanglement in moving machinery parts.


Members of the American agricultural industry are voicing their concerns over the President Trump's latest actions.

He wants to impose 25 per cent tariffs on steel imports and 10 per cent tariffs on aluminum imports.

But those tariffs could have ripple effects on the American agricultural industry.

Canada exported $9.3 billion worth of aluminum and $5.5 billion worth of steel to the U.S. last year.

Those resources are vital in agricultural equipment manufacturing.

If the prices for those commodities rise, U.S. farmers could feel it the most.

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