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Tips and Resources for a Safe Harvest

Posted by Jennifer Thompson Aug 17, 2020

As harvest begins to start in many parts of Western Canada, Flaman is here to provide the tools and equipment you need to get your crop off quickly and safely. Along with our wide variety of Harvest Helpers to aid you in your work, we’ve collected some important and useful safety tips for harvest time. We want to make sure all our customers return safely from the field and have the resources to support their employees and family members on the farm.
This post will look at 4 main types of safety:

  1. Grain bin entrapment
  2. Fire safety and prevention
  3. Machinery and power lines
  4. COVID-19 safety

 Flat bottom bins

Grain Bin Entrapment
Tough grain is one of the leading causes for producers to enter a bin. Many studies have shown that entering a bin to break up spoiled grain while operating unloading equipment is the leading cause of grain entrapment. A person could become completely covered within 20 seconds. Across Canada, there’s an average of six fatalities every year from grain entrapment or engulfment.
If you need to enter a bin to asses grain, there is a Grain Bin Assessment chart from the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association you can use to assess if it’s safe to enter the bin.
This fact sheet from the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture also has some helpful information about how grain entrapment occurs, as well as preventative and safety measures.
And finally, if you wish to create a Confined Space Management Program for your farm, this quick start guide from Ag Safe Alberta is a useful tool. Along with grain bins, confined spaces also include sumps, wells, feed bins, attics and even some equipment.
confined spaces infographic
Fire Safety and Prevention
Fires in the field can happen all too suddenly when working with dry, flammable material and hot mufflers and electrical wiring. There are some simple pre-cautionary measures you can take to help avoid the risk of injury or loss of equipment due to fire.

  1. Have working fire extinguishers mounted on equipment, ideally one in the cab and one accessible from the ground. Alberta Agriculture recommends a 10 pound dry chemical, multi-purpose ABC extinguisher and a 2.5 gallon pressurized water extinguisher on combines.
  2. Remove crop residue, dust, debris, dirt and excess lubricant around all heat sources regularly. Check for a buildup of combustible crop residue around engines and exhaust systems, concealed drive belts and pulleys that can overheat due to friction.
  3. Be careful when using low clearance vehicles in fields, as exhaust pipes and catalytic converters can ignite dry grass or stubble.
  4. Check exposed wiring and fuel/hydraulic lines for damage, wear and deterioration.
  5. Allow engines to cool before refueling.

And for added safety, Flaman carries a variety of firefighting pump and tank units, such as the Enduraplas Fire Ranger or the BE Fire Cart, to allow you to quickly put out any fires in the field while harvesting.

Machinery and Power Lines
Electrical safety is another important area to be aware of when working with large machinery on a farm. More than 40% of agricultural workers in Canada have reported direct hits or near misses with power lines. In 2019, there were 326 farm safety incidents reported to Sask Power. The most common causes of electrocutions on the farm are portable grain augers, large combines, high clearance sprayers and other tall equipment that can come into contact with overhead power lines.
There are two types of electrical injury that can occur:

  1. Electric shock, when electric current passes through the body causing injury or death.
  2. Arc flashes: a blast of energy caused by an electric arc, which can produce sounds waves, extreme heat, shrapnel and more, This can lead to lung injuries, ruptured ear drums, burns, blindness or death.

This guide “Electrical Safety on Saskatchewan Farms" from Sask Power talks about potential risks and hazards and offers safety tips, guides and checklists to make sure you and your workers come home safe. Or you can print out this Farm Safety Checklist to make sure everyone knows how to avoid overhead lines and what to do if an accident occurs.
Electrical safety infographic
COVID-19 Safety
This year, farming operations will have the added tasks of protecting workers and their family from COVID-19. As an essential service, we recognize that farmers must continue to work to grow our food and feed our country.
Along with the general pre-cautions such as hand washing, physical distancing, cleaning of work attire and wearing gloves, this fact sheet from the Canadian Centre for Occupation Health and Safety offers many safety tips specifically for the agricultural industry in areas such as:

  • Transportation
  • Sanitation
  • Group Living and Residence Recommendations
  • Team and Site Management
  • And much more.

 hand washing
For those interested in creating an overall safety plan for their operation, this workbook from Ag Safe Alberta lays out the steps to create your own Farm Safe Plan.

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NECO Grain Dryer Build

Posted by Paul Boechler Jun 12, 2019

We recently had the opportunity to build the largest private NECO grain dryer in Western Canada – a NECO Mixed Flow 6 Burner D24380 -- for a large farming operation outside of Edmonton, AB.  It was a complex endeavour with many moving parts, and it required many hours of planning to execute.   Picture of Neco Grain dryer section being delivered

We had help from several outside sources: Freeway Transport, who were responsible for the dryer delivery; Xcaliber Crane & Rigging who handled the hoisting of the dryer; and Continental Bins, who provided assembly services.  Additionally, Ron Kleuskens from NECO supervised the build and many members of the Flaman Nisku team assisted throughout the day where they were needed.  And most importantly, the 4 owners of the farm and their sons, daughters, grandchildren & significant others were all present at one time or another throughout the day.  They were the real supervisors! 
Picture of Xcaliber Crane & Rigging hoisting a section of Neco grain dryer
Build Day was kicked off with the delivery of the dryer.  This consisted of 7 truckloads originating in Omaha, Nebraska. Each delivery was staggered by 2 hours, which allowed enough time for our crane and assembly teams to position and install each section before the next was delivered.
Picture of Neco grain dryer being assembled on site
With the help of our partners and employees – more than 20 people in total -- we were able to install this behemoth of a dryer in one jampacked, 10 hour day.
Picture of Neco grain dryer near assembled on farm near Edmonton, AB
The dryer will serve as a flagship operation in the area and will likely create business not only for our customer’s farm, but others in the area as well.  It’ll be an economic driver in the area for many years to come. We're thankful to be a part of this project and meet the needs of our customer. Customer service is one of the core beliefs Flaman was founded on and it’s why we’re celebrating 60 years in the agriculture industry in Western Canada.
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Tillage Equipment recruited to deal with moisture issues

Posted by Lee Hart Oct 21, 2016

Tillage recruited to deal with moisture issues

Necessity is the mother of invention, but weather appears to be the mother of necessity, these days. That seems to fit as producers talk about the need for tillage in this October Farmer Panel.

Largely in response to high residue levels, he says in some areas they are using a tandem disc and in others a vertical tillage tool.

“Tillage seems to be what a lot are looking at these days,” says Boles. “There is a bit of a craze going on to use some tillage. It’s all related to moisture in this area too. It was dry for many of the past 15 years, but since about 2010 we have had wetter seasons.” That contributed to excess moisture for seeding and harvest and big crops with plenty of residue.

Article By Lee Hart | GrainNews | October 18th 2016


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New Laws for Saskatchewan Farmland Ownership Proclaimed

Posted by Flaman Agriculture Dec 21, 2015

New Laws for Farmland Ownership Proclaimed

Released on December 21, 2015
Amendments to The Saskatchewan Farm Security Act, clarifying who can and cannot own farmland in Saskatchewan, have been proclaimed and will come into effect on January 4, 2016.

“The people of Saskatchewan provided very clear direction during the consultation process,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said.  “The legislation reflects the views of Saskatchewan residents, provides clarity around farmland ownership and gives the Farm Land Security Board the tools it needs to enforce the rules.”

The amendments include:
  • Making pension plans, administrators of pension fund assets and larger trusts ineligible to buy farmland;
  • Defining “having an interest in farmland” to include any type of interest or benefit (i.e. capital appreciation), either directly or indirectly, that is normally associated with ownership of the land; and
  • When financing a purchase of farmland, all financing must be through a financial institution registered to do business in Canada, or a Canadian citizen.
Non-Canadian citizens can still own up to 10 acres of farmland, and exemptions can still be granted for economic development initiatives.  These rules were in place previously and will not change.

In addition, the Farm Land Security Board (FLSB) will receive new and expanded authority to enforce the legislation, including:
  • At the discretion of the FLSB, any person purchasing farmland must complete a statutory declaration;
  • Placing the onus to prove compliance with the legislation on the person purchasing the land;
  • Increasing fines for being in contravention of the legislation from $10,000 to $50,000 for individuals and from $100,000 to $500,000 for corporations; and
  • Authorizing the FLSB to impose administrative penalties to a maximum of $10,000.
The amendments put into law the regulations announced in April.

The Ministry of Agriculture conducted consultations on farmland ownership from May 20 through to August 10, with more than 3,200 people participating. 


For more information, contact:

Sarah Hein
Phone: 306-787-5389
Email: sarah.hein@gov.sk.ca
Cell: 306-527-9102
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Alberta Farm Safety Rule Changes Proposed

Posted by Flaman Agriculture Nov 18, 2015

18 Nov 2015
Calgary Herald

Farm safety breakthrough

Proposed rules to ensure safe workplaces, protect workers

New sweeping farm safety legislation proposed by Alberta’s NDP government will give farm and ranch workers the same rights and safety protection offered to all other workers in the province.
The Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, tabled in the legislature Tuesday, will require all farms and ranches to follow basic occupational health and safety regulations starting Jan. 1, with specific details to be hammered out at five public town halls across the province in November and December.
Until now, Alberta has been the only province that doesn’t apply such workplace legislation to farms and ranches, leaving provincial investigators unable to enter farm property to investigate serious injuries, deaths or even complaints of unsafe work practices.
The new legislation will mean farmers and ranchers must provide safe work conditions and training to everyone doing any commercial work — not regular farm chores — on their property, including children, unpaid workers, friends and family.
“We want to ensure these devastating incidents do not go uninvestigated so we may better understand and help producers and the industry manage the risks related to farming operations,” said Labour Minister Lori Sigurdson, while visiting a large grain farm near Gibbons. “The people in this industry deserve our utmost gratitude and respect. They also deserve the same basic workplace protections enjoyed by workers in all industries.”
In 2014, 25 people died in farmrelated incidents, up from 16 in 2013 and 10 in 2012. Of the 25 fatalities, 12 were over the age of 65 and two were under 18 years old. For every fatality, there were 25 hospital admissions. Sixty per cent of the fatalities involved machinery.
The proposed bill will require Alberta’s 43,000 farms and ranches to purchase insurance coverage to protect workers if they’re injured on the job, and protect the operation if the farmer is sued. Until now, farmers could opt out, leaving about 60,000 workers without pay or access to health or physiotherapy benefits to get them back on the job.
“The important changes we’re proposing would give farm and ranch workers the duty to see what went wrong and prevent future incidents,” Sigurdson said. “We are proposing these changes because every worker in Alberta has a right to a safe, healthy and fair workplace.”
Under the proposed changes to various bodies of legislation, workers will have the right to refuse unsafe work without fear of being fired. Provincial investigators will be able to enter a farm site to do safety inspections and impose penalties. Workers will be able to join unions and bargain for wages, and they will be paid minimum wage, overtime and vacation pay. Such labour rights and employment standards will be hashed out for spring 2016 with room for some finagling.
“We know that harvest, for instance, does not fit neatly into an eight- hour day. And the calving season does not conform to a statutory holiday,” Sigurdson said. “We also know the farm and ranch industry is not the same as the oil and gas industry or any other industry for that matter. One size does not fit all.”

She said while farmers and ranchers need to follow occupational health and safety regulations starting Jan. 1, they will be given time to learn the rules, train their employees and come up to speed. No additional government money will be made available beyond the current budget.
Mike Kalisvaart, who has a 12,000- acre grain farm near Gibbons and purchases employment insurance for his eight workers, said the new legislation was long overdue. He suspects many farmers are scared of being overregulated and having inspectors on their properties.
“I think there are some compromises we’re going to have to make and accept some uncomfortable new rules, but the end result is that I think workers will have more protection and a safer work environment,” Kalisvaart said.
He said accidents will still happen. Children drown in swimming pools, despite lifeguards on duty, for instance. Legislation also wouldn’t have prevented the three Potts sisters from suffocating in a truckload of grain in central Alberta in early October, although inspectors would be allowed to investigate if Bill 6 is passed.
“It’s not going to prevent all injuries, but it’s going to make safety part of conversations in every farm in Alberta and that can only improve the situation,” Kalisvaart said.
John Bocock, an 81- year- old dairy farmer north of St. Albert, agreed.
“When people’s health is a concern, maybe it should be tough and ( you) put up with the intrusion into your privacy,” said Bocock, whose employee was covered by insurance about 10 years ago when a tractor rode over him. “I guess if the truth hurts, maybe it ought to.”
Grant Hunter, Wildrose’s jobs critic, said the legislation is being rammed in too quickly, without proper consultation. He said differentiated rules need to be made for small family farms versus large commercial operations.
Liberal Leader David Swann backed the legislation without hesitation.
“This is good for rural Alberta,” Swann said. “This is bringing Alberta into the 21st century.”
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Legislation for Saskatchewan Farmland Ownership to be Introduced

Posted by Flaman Agriculture Oct 20, 2015

Released on October 20, 2015
Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart introduced amendments to The Saskatchewan Farm Security Act.  The legislative amendments will clarify who can own farmland and will provide the Farm Land Security Board (FLSB) with more authority to enforce the Act.

“This summer, we asked the people of Saskatchewan to share their views to help us inform our decision on farmland ownership,” Stewart said.  “They did, and as a result we are making changes that will keep farmland accessible to Saskatchewan’s farmers and ranchers.  I am pleased to announce that we are clarifying the rules around farmland ownership in the province.”

Legislative amendments to The Saskatchewan Farm Security Act will enshrine the regulations introduced in April as law.

Amendments including:
  • Making pension plans, administrators of pension fund assets and trusts not eligible to buy farmland;
  • Defining “having an interest in farmland” to include any type of interest or benefit (i.e. capital appreciation), either directly or indirectly, that is normally associated with ownership of the land; and
  • When financing a purchase of farmland, all financing must be through a financial institution registered to do business in Canada, or a Canadian resident.
In addition, the FLSB will receive new and expanded authority to enforce the legislation, including:
  • At the discretion of the FLSB, any person purchasing farmland must complete a statutory declaration;
  • Placing the onus to prove compliance with the legislation onto the person purchasing the land;
  • Increasing fines for being in contravention of the legislation from $10,000 to $50,000 for individuals and from $100,000 to $500,000 for corporations; and
  • Authorizing the FLSB to impose administrative penalties to a maximum of $10,000.
“Our government understands that to many in the province, farmland is not just an asset,” Stewart said.  “It is a connection to our history and who we are as people.  Farmers and ranchers want the opportunity to own the land they farm.”

Through the consultations, the views of more than 3,200 individuals, businesses and organizations were heard.  Overwhelmingly, the majority voiced support for making pensions and large investment trusts ineligible to purchase farmland, and limiting the ownership of farmland to Canadian residents and 100 per cent Canadian-owned corporations.

The complete results of the consultation are available at www.saskatchewan.ca/farmland.

Following passage of the legislation and regulations, the new rules are expected to come into effect by the new year.


For more information, contact:

Sarah Hein
Phone: 306-787-5389
Email: sarah.hein@gov.sk.ca
Cell: 306-527-9102
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Provincial farmland purchase laws compared

Posted by Flaman Agriculture Oct 16, 2015

16 Oct 2015
National Post - (Latest Edition)
By Peter Kuitenbrouwer Financial Post
Land lovers
Agribusiness sector sprouts with Canadian farmland boom
Residential real estate booms in Vancouver and Toronto overshadow another property boom that is underway in Canada: the price of farmland.
A hungry planet with a growing population needs food. Canada has lots of space to grow it, and that makes the country’s farmland more and more desirable.
Figures from Farm Credit Canada show that the value of farmland rose 14.3 per cent in 2014, and 22.1 per cent in 2013. The boom hasn’t gone unnoticed. The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board made waves in 2013 when it bought about 50,000 hectares of Saskatchewan farmland.
Anyone wanting to get in on this action should be forewarned: several provinces in Canada have very restrictive rules on trade in farmland, to preserve the land for the next generation of local farmers. Small wonder, then, that the inaugural edition of Chambers Canada ranks lawyers and firms in a new practice area, agribusiness.
In 2013 Quebec strengthened its 1979 Loi sur la protection des terres agricoles du Quebec, a law to protect farmland. The new rules require the commission to examine the impact of foreign bids for farmland on the price of farmland and the economy of the region. And the commission can permit a maximum of 1,000 hectares of Quebec farmland a year to fall into foreign hands. Even that is an illusory goal: the commission so far this year has granted applications for only 31.42 hectares.
“In a world that needs more food and energy, agriculture has become more of a focus,” says Danielle Drolet, a lawyer in the Quebec City office of McCarthy Tétrault LLP. The firm is ranked Band 2 for agribusiness in Chambers Canada.
“The new act is more challenging and it takes a long time,” Drolet adds. The commission this month granted an application she made in December 2013. “I think it’s really important to maintain the opportunities for the next generation but at the same time we should have reasonable access to farmland, if it is for farming.”
After the CPPIB land grab, Saskatchewan ordered a review of rules on purchase of farmland by non-residents of Saskatchewan.
“Nobody contemplated that they would be buying up the quantity of farmland that they did,” says Jeff Grubb, who works in the Regina office at Miller Thomson LLP. The firm has a Band 1 ranking for agribusiness. “The price of farmland in Saskatchewan was a bargain and people were saying, ‘ We want to get in on that.’
“In the last 10 years a number of parcels of land have sold to Chinese and Indians,” adds Grubb, who has represented buyers at the province’s Farmland Security Board. “They will send people who will take up residency.”
His advice to farmland shoppers: “Get your Canadian citizenship and away we go.”
British Columbia and Ontario have no restrictions on foreign buyers of their farmland. Wendy Baker, in the Vancouver office of Miller Thomson, instead deals with clients who seek to remove farmland from B.C.’s Agricultural Land Reserve. In May the B.C. government fired Richard Bullock as chair of its Agricultural Land Commission, and replaced him with former Saanich mayor Frank Leonard.
“The commission was very interested in maintaining the integrity of the ALR,” Baker says, adding that she does not know yet whether the new management will be more permissive, as Bullock has suggested.
Along with farmland, foreigners show increased interest in farm operations. Bruce King, a lawyer at Pitblado LLP in Winnipeg, represented an Asian entity that bought “a significant portion of a significant hog operation” in Manitoba. Chambers ranks Pitblado as Band 3 for agribusiness.
In Manitoba, non-residents and foreign entities may own only up to 16 hectares of farmland; King says that on one hand, those rules make sense.
“The rule came in place when people asked, ‘How are the sons and daughters of Manitoba farmers going to be able to own land?’” he says. “But who knows whether that philosophy should exist today? Right now the trend in farms is less family farm. Shouldn’t those people selling and retiring be able to sell at the highest possible price? Perhaps we should let foreigners pay market price, and not just Canadian buyers.”
Agribusiness is at the core of what makes Manitoba tick, King says. Grain companies and farm equipment manufacturers represent a great number of jobs.
“Manitoba is not boom or bust, it’s just steady as she goes,” he says.
Still, agribusiness is big business in every province in Canada. There are mergers and acquisitions, commodities exchanges, foreign investment, financings, and lots of regulation. Which means that there is lots of business for lawyers.
“It’s less glamorous than hightech, but people still need advice,” says Karl Delwaide, a lawyer in Montreal at Fasken Martineau LLP who cut his teeth in agricultural law as a Quebec civil servant. Chambers ranks Fasken as Band 2 for agribusiness. “There are a lot of rules. Not very many lawyers in downtown Montreal understand the laws. We represent companies who have difficulties.”
The end of the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly created many unique opportunities for investment on the prairies, notes Scott Exner, a McPherson Leslie & Tyerman lawyer based for years in Regina, and now based in Calgary. The firm is ranked as Band 2 practitioner for agribusiness.
Global Grain Group, or G3, coowned by Bunge Ltd, registered in Bermuda, and a Saudi Arabian company, this year paid $250 million for a 50.1 per cent stake in the Canadian Wheat Board.
“The Middle East is looking to invest in Canada to own grain handling facilities for grain to ship to the Middle East,” Exner explains.
Exner has helped arrange other major deals; he helped Saskatchewan farmers set up West Central Road and Rail to get their grain to market after the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool went public in the 1990s; West Central sold out to AGT Foods this past summer.
“The reason they invested was to keep their community alive,” Exner says.
In the end, they did more than just that: farmers who had bought West Central shares for $100 each cashed out at $310 to $340 per share.
But anyone investing in farmland or farm operations should have a long-term view, Exner says.
“In agriculture you’ll never get 80 per cent return in one year, but you’ll get steady returns.”
Band 1 Miller Thomson LLP
Band 2 Fasken Martineau LLP Fillmore Riley LLP MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Band 3 Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP Pitblado LLP Stikeman Elliott LLP
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Government of Saskatchewan Releases Farmland Consultation Results

Posted by Flaman Agriculture Oct 07, 2015

Released on October 7, 2015

Views of More Than 3,200 People Heard Through Consultation Process

Today, the Ministry of Agriculture announced the results of the farmland ownership consultations, held from May until August.

“The purpose of the consultations was to inform government on how best to approach farmland ownership, and the results are clear,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said.  “The vast majority of respondents do not support pension plans or foreign investors purchasing farmland in Saskatchewan.  They do, however, support our government in taking a stronger role in enforcing farmland ownership rules."

Some of the results of the consultations include:

  • Seventy-five per cent of respondents opposed allowing investors such as Canadian pension funds to purchase farmland in Saskatchewan;
  • Eighty-seven per cent of respondents did not support foreign ownership of farmland and 69 per cent did not support foreign financing; and
  • Eighty-five per cent supported giving the Farm Land Security Board (FLSB) a greater role in enforcing compliance of farmland ownership rules.

The vast majority (95 per cent) of the respondents were Saskatchewan residents, and 62 per cent of all respondents were farmers.  The remainder were farmland owners and interested Saskatchewan residents.  Only five per cent of respondents were from outside of Saskatchewan.

“I would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey,” Stewart said.  “These results will ensure that we make decisions which help guarantee the long-term success and sustainability of our province’s agriculture industry.”

The complete results of the consultation are available at www.saskatchewan.ca/farmland.  Identifying information and offensive language has been removed from the written comments.  A Summary of Results from Public Consultations is also available.  

Next steps will be announced later this fall.

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'śMegatrends' expected to move ag sector in future

Posted by Flaman Agriculture Aug 28, 2015

‘Megatrends’ expected to move ag sector in future

Aug. 28th, 2015 by Phil Franz-Warkentin    

From http://www.agcanada.com/daily/megatrends-expected-to-move-ag-sector-in-future


CNS Canada — Health-conscious customers with money to spend will be looking to purchase more food over the next 20 years, while changing technologies and global economic uncertainty will bring their own challenges.

That’s the outlook in a recent report out of Australia, highlighting five megatrends expected to impact the agricultural sector in the coming decades.

Rural Industry Futures: Megatrends impacting Australian agriculture over the coming 20 years was compiled by the country’s Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), together with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), in an effort to draw out the longer-term trends that could impact rural industries going forward.

While the report focuses on the Australian situation, the opportunities and challenges presented can be expected to have a similar impact on the Canadian agriculture sector.

A “megatrend” is defined in the report as “a trajectory of change that will have profound implications for industry and society.”

Each megatrend is interlinked with the others and has its own supply and demand side implications for the agricultural sector, according to the report.

The five megatrends in the report include:

1. A hungrier world: Global populations are rising while land devoted to agricultural production is shrinking. That will create increased demand for good and fibre from those countries with exportable supplies.

2. A wealthier world: Average annual incomes are also rising as more people are expected to move out of poverty, with diets shifting away from staple subsistence foods to higher-protein options. This creates opportunities for diversification and new markets.

3. Choosy customers: The desire for healthier food options is expected to grow, with expectations on ethical and environmental factors also becoming a larger factor in customer choices.

4. Transformative technologies: Advances in genetics, materials science, and digital technologies will alter how food is grown and how it is transported. In addition to production improvements, increased traceability and advances in food manufacturing are expected.

5. A bumpier ride: Climate change and the increasing globalization of the world economy have the potential to create new and deeper risks for farmers, according to the report.

— Phil Franz-Warkentin writes for Commodity News Service Canada, a Winnipeg company specializing in grain and commodity market reporting. Follow CNS Canada at @CNSCanada on Twitter.


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SK Farmland Ownership survey raps up

Posted by Flaman Agriculture Aug 13, 2015

With public consultations on farmland ownership rules wrapped this week, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart is keeping an open mind about what legislative changes, if any, are needed to the Saskatchewan Farm Security Act.

While admitting “he hadn’t a clue” what kind of changes respondents wanted, Stewart said the government would be “informed” by the results of the survey. “Depending on the results of the survey, we may deem that no change is required. So in that case, there would be no legislation,” Stewart told reporters at the Legislative Building Wednesday.

But Stewart added: “There’s a fairly strong likelihood that we’ll find from the results of the survey that the respondents would like some kind of change. That being the case, we’ll have some legislation prepared to go in the fall session.”

During the three-month consultation period, the government received nearly 3,200 responses to its survey on the issue, with 62 per cent of coming from farmers. Only six per cent of respondents were non-residents.

Stewart conceded there will likely be some disagreement between farmers and business over the issue of farmland ownership by pension funds and other institutional investors.

Full story at Regina Leader Post

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BMO Bank of Montreal Announces Western Canada Drought Relief Program for Farmers

Posted by Flaman Agriculture Jul 28, 2015

BMO Bank of Montreal Announces Western Canada Drought Relief Program for Farmers

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - July 27, 2015) - BMO Bank of Montreal today announced a financial relief program to assist its commercial customers in Western Canada affected by the significant drought conditions in the region.

"Across Western Canada, in particular Alberta and Saskatchewan, current drought conditions have the potential to negatively impact crop yields," said Steve Murphy, Head, Canadian Commercial Banking, BMO Bank of Montreal. "While the impact of the drought will not be fully known until the crop harvest is complete this fall, we want to ensure our farmers in these affected regions have the financial support now to help alleviate any future challenges."

The relief program for farmers impacted by the drought includes:

  • Deferred loan payments.
  • Reduced and/or waived fees on any application seeking increased or new financing accommodation.
  • Reduced and/or waived annual banking fees.

For further information, customers are encouraged to visit a local BMO branch, call 1-877 CALL BMO (225-5266), or visit www.bmo.com. For information on branch locations in your area, please visit the BMO Branch Locator: https://locator.bmo.com/.

About BMO and Agriculture

BMO's roots in the Canadian agricultural sector date back to 1817, when the Bank first began working with farmers to support and expand the agricultural industry, which has become a key driver of Canada's economy. Today, BMO provides customized loan, deposit, cash management and card payment solutions to Canada's agri-business owners.

About BMO Financial Group

Established in 1817, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services provider based in North America. With total assets of approximately $633 billion as of April 30, 2015, and more than 47,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.

Media Contacts:
Matt Duffin, Toronto
(416) 867-3996

Internet: www.bmo.com
Twitter: @BMOmedia

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Posted by Flaman Agriculture Jul 27, 2015

The Government of Saskatchewan released today ......

There are two weeks left to participate in the farmland ownership survey. Consultations run until Monday, August 10. 

As of July 24, 2015, more than 1,700 surveys have been received.  The information collected will help the Government of Saskatchewan determine who should be allowed to own farmland in Saskatchewan. 

“We are pleased with the amount of participation to date,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said.  “That being said, there is still time left to take part, and I encourage everyone interested to have their say.  The more people who participate, the fuller our understanding will be of public opinion regarding farmland ownership in our province. It will help ensure that we make the best decisions for the people of Saskatchewan.”

Once consultations end, survey results and comments will be posted online in the fall of 2015.  Names, addresses and all other identifying information will be removed before results are published.  After the results have been analyzed, decisions will be made regarding next steps. 

The survey can be completed online at www.Saskatchewan.ca/farmland.  Paper copies are available at Ministry of Agriculture Regional Offices and can be requested by calling the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377.  An education document accompanies the survey to give participants information regarding the existing legislation surrounding farmland ownership in the province.

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Equipment Demo Day

Posted by Flaman Aug 06, 2013

Flaman Yorkton is planning an Equipment Demo Day for Tuesday, August 20, 2013. It will be held in the field behind Flaman and it will run from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The objective is to teach the proper operation of the equipment as well as to give some hands on experience.

Equipment to be demoed:

  • Schulte
  • Kello
  • Farm King
  • Wishek
  • Pro Dozer

Time permitting:

  • Riteway Harrow
  • Grain Bagger

If you are interested in attending e-mail laura.krantz@flaman.com.

Pro Dozer

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On the Road with Flaman Grain Cleaning

Posted by Mitch Flaman May 27, 2013

Although we thought it would never come, it’s beginning to look a lot like summer on the prairies. The snow is finally gone and the drills seem to be making the last few laps as seeding is wrapping up in many areas. 

After what seemed to be an eternity, I’ve completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Saskatchewan and couldn’t be happier to get full swing into being a part of the team in the Grain Cleaning and Handling Division at Flaman Group of Companies. Although I have a lot to learn about the industry, I couldn’t be happier to get on the road and start building relationships with the customers we continue to serve and value.
Over the past few weeks, I have been on the road visiting various producers and processing facilities province-wide, trying to get a grasp of what is happening in the fields. It is evident that some areas are, without a doubt, feeling the effects of the large amount of snow Mother Nature dealt us this past winter. West of Saskatoon appears to be wetter than ever before. Many sloughs have turned into miniature lakes and some highways, specifically Highway 14, are even experiencing sections with water flowing over the road.
Other areas that didn’t get hit as hard with the snow, such as the southwest part of the province in Leader, are wrapping up seeding and hoping for some rain. It’ll be interesting to see the quality of the crops in the different regions as they start to sprout.
I’m especially looking forward to being part of a company concentrated on customer service and delivering relationship-focused results. Good luck in the up and coming growing season and I hope to see you around. Please check off June 19-21 on your calendars and swing by the Flaman booth at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina to say hi!

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Voting has started for Stuck in the Muck!

Posted by Jennifer Thompson Oct 03, 2012

It's that time of year again! It's time to vote for your favourite photos on Stuck in the Muck!

We had some great pictures submitted this year, and we need your help to pick the winners. Visit www.stuckinthemuck.com every day to vote for the best stuck photo. The winners will get a brand new tow rope to help them out next year.

At Flaman Group of Companies, it's important to us to give back to our customers and the farming community. That's one of the reasons why we started this fun photo contest. We're thankful for your support of the contest over the years. I hope you'll enjoy looking at and voting for this year's group of photos.

You can vote once a day for your favourite photos, so visit the website often! Winners will be announced at the beginning of November.

Good luck to all who entered!

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35 years of Flaman and Farm Progress

Posted by Jennifer Thompson Jun 20, 2012

The Canadian Farm Progress Show is an annual event that starts on Wednesday June 20th  at Evraz Place in Regina. Known as “Canada’s National Farm Show,” it’s an agriculture industry show that focuses on innovation and technology primarily for dryland farming practices. The show attracts visitors from the across Canada, the USA and 45 other countries. Flaman has a booth at the show since the start. We sat down with Rudy Flaman to talk with him about the importance of the show and Flaman’s history there.
When did Flaman start going to the Farm Progress Show?
We were there when it all began and every year since. The first year Frank had to be gone for some reason so Bernice looked after a small booth and has been helping out every year since by making sure all the troops are well fed with some home made food during the show. Thanks Bernice!
Why is it an important show to go to?
It’s the number one ag show in western Canada, and it attracts a whole ton of international visitors, along with our local ag market.
With the timing of the show, it’s traditionally been a kick off to summer. Everyone gets their crop in the ground and comes to the farm show in a good mood with their chequebook. You may not be able to talk to our customers for a year, but they’ll come to the show and look you up; it’s a meeting place.
Why do you think it’s still so popular today for farmers?
A lot of new product is unveiled at the show. They have a new invention portion of the show, so farmers come to see what is new. If there is any new product or new way of doing something that will be important to the ag industry, it will be at the show.
How has the show changed over the years?
What’s changed since it started is all the new advanced technology that’s been introduced. There have been new items at show that 15years ago weren’t even heard of.
What has been your most memorable Farm Progress year?
One highlight was back in 1980s when we sold a whole ton of grain storage. And in the early 1990s we won more than one award for best display.
But generally, it’s a time where everybody gets together. The P.A. boys come down, the guys from Saskatoon, Yorkton, a lot of the ag people get together and work as a team once a year.
It’s an opportunity for the sales people to get together with customers. And it’s a big team effort. A heck of a pile of work goes into the set up and take down of the booth.

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Western Canada Farm Progress Show

Posted by Mitch Flaman May 26, 2011

The Flaman Grain Cleaning and Handling Division would once again like to welcome you to join us at the Western Canada Farm Progress Show in Regina, Saskatchewan. The show starts June 15th and ends June 17th

Come out and learn about cutting edge technology, emerging trends, and ever-changing demographics. Learn how to combat the unpredictable weather patterns we have been seeing and maximize efficiency on your farm this year. Swing by our booths and take advantage of the innovative solutions we have to offer you such as colour sorters to remove ergot from wheat or the Will-Rich Vertical Tiller to help keep you stay afloat.

Flaman Grain Cleaning and Handling Division will be displaying our newest addition to the vast line of products that we offer, the Light Foot Cleaning Machine. The Light Foot is a simple and compact air/screen grain cleaner, great for “on the farm” use.

Come and see us at the show for more details and don’t forget to enter your name into our draw for a 12-piece dockage testing kit. That’s right, we’re giving away a 12-piece hand-tester sieve kit set to your specifications to test your various commodities. See you at the show!

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