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BASF promotes safety for kids on the farm

BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions has launched the new BASF Safety Scouts program. The program is the result of a partnership with the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) and is intended to support family farm safety. Participants are given Safety Scouts kits which include a CSA Z96-15-compliant adjustable child-sized safety vest and name badge, safety-themed activity and colouring sheets and more. According to Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting, 84 Canadian children lost their lives due to agriculture-related injuries between 2006 and 2015. “One child death is simply one too many,” said Andrea Lear, CEO of CASA in a statement. “BASF is recognized as a CASA Safety Champion, and we’re excited to continue our partnership. The launch of the BASF Safety Scouts program is a great added educational resource to support kids’ learning about farm safety in a fun, hands-on manner.”

USDA adds new languages for info pages

As part of an effort to assist more farmers and give everyone access to programs, the USDA has updated farmers.gov to provide information about USDA programs in languages other than English.

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Young farmers recognized

Dairy producers, Michael and Jessica Lovich of Balgonie, SK were named Saskatchewan’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2021. The winners were announced at the Saskatchewan regional event held at the AGT Lounge in Regina and virtually on June 22. The two own and operate Lovholm Holsteins, a 70-cow dairy focused on animal longevity, cow health and production as well as sustainability and growth.

Also recognized was Stuart Chutter, who raises purebred cattle at Killaly.