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March 25, 2020 

On-farm sanitation factsheet
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, we all must implement safety and sanitation protocols in our daily lives, and our farms need protocols as well. As preparations are made for the spring planting season, it is imperative that producers and staff practice appropriate sanitation. The Manitoba Farm Safety Program and Keystone Agricultural Producers have developed a list of best practices to consider for on-farm sanitation as we approach the spring season. We will continue to update this list as more information becomes available from Manitoba Health and other public health agencies. To view the factsheet, click here.


Canadian Federation of Agriculture survey
CFA is operating a farm-level survey of members to better understand the issues facing the agriculture industry during the outbreak of COVID-19. This week’s survey closes at 11:00am on Thursday March 26. Click here to access the survey.  

Information on spring road restrictions
KAP has worked with Manitoba Infrastructure to compile information on spring road restrictions for the 2020 season. Information on weights, restrictions, and regulations are now available on our website. Click here to view the Manitoba government order for the start and end dates of spring road restrictions.
 
KAP spring Advisory Council meeting
The KAP advisory council meeting scheduled for April 9 has been cancelled due to social distancing protocols. At this time, we do not have a new date scheduled for this meeting, but we will be in touch as new developments arise. Please check this space and check social media for further updates.
 
COVID-19 pandemic
We will be sending out a daily COVID-19 update during this time to ensure that Manitoba farmers have up to date information on the spread and scope of the pandemic. Our regular KAP Alert will continue to be published on Wednesday. Manitobans are reminded to call Health Links (1-888-315-9257) should you believe you have come into contact with COVID-19. You do not need to be tested if you are not experiencing symptoms. At this time, Manitobans are best served by listening to public health professionals, enacting social distancing protocols, ensuring that handwashing is taking place regularly, and ensuring that adequate supplies are on-hand without hoarding or over purchasing. We will all get through this together.
 
Rural connectivity survey- Share your experiences
KAP has launched a rural connectivity survey to better understand what rural Manitobans are facing when it comes to cell coverage and broadband availability. A significant number of farming families still lack access to affordable, reliable broadband internet services, particularly when compared to urban users. Click here to take our online survey.
 
KAP in the news
"Essential" travel rule fuzzy on farmers picking up parts, inputs
Uncertainty looms large for Manitoba farmers
How the COVID-19 pandemic could delay farming in Manitoba
COVID-19 creating challenges for farmers
Young farmers told to take a manufacturing mindset
“Old farmers” share their wisdom
 
Manitoba Forage Insurance review
The Manitoba government is conducting a Manitoba Forage Insurance review aimed at hearing from producers and making necessary changes to the program. The new deadline for the online survey is March 31. A paper version of the survey is available by emailing forageinsreview2020@masc.ca or by phone at 204-239-3275.  
 
Advance Payments Program – Manitoba Corn Growers Association
Attention Manitoba Farmers. You can now apply for a 2020 program year cash advance with the Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA) on over 35 crop kinds, including the major crops such as wheat, canola, soybeans and grain corn. Get your application in to the MCGA office early as funds can be issued starting April 1st. Take advantage of lower interest rates to improve cash flow and allow you to implement your farm’s marketing strategy with an Advance Payments Program cash advance with the Manitoba Corn Growers. For more information, call toll free 1-877-598-5685 or 1-204-745-6661, or click here. The Advance Payments Program is a federal loan program administered by the Manitoba Corn Growers Association. It offers Canadian farmers marketing flexibility through interest-free and low interest cash advances.
 
Rollover protection structure survey
The Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture and the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute is working on a project that is developing rollover protective structure blueprints for older model tractors. This project involves a short survey that asks basic information about the make and model of tractors and if there are rollover protections in place. Click here to take the survey and click here to read more information about the project.
 
Agri-HR toolkit
Research shows that as few as one in three farm businesses survive transition when the owner retires. One of the major reasons for this failure is a lack of thorough succession planning. As a KAP member, you get FREE access to the Agri-HR Toolkit developed by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) using the discount code KAP2019. This toolkit, regularly $99/year, will help you:
  • Prepare a succession plan
  • Prepare someone to take over your farm
  • Divide responsibilities among family members
  • Seek financial and legal advice on a succession strategy
Click here to sign up for your free subscription to this comprehensive toolkit using the discount code KAP2019.
 
Manitoba Open Farm Day – register to be a host site
Manitoba Open Farm Day takes place on September 20, 2020 and is a great opportunity to provide the public the ability to engage with farmers and producers and see where it is their food comes from. Host sites are now being accepted, including farm operations, ag venues, and museums across the province. Registration deadline is April 30. To register, click here.
 
Manitoba Agricultural Museum – Collecting Stories project
As Manitoba celebrates 150 years as a province, the Manitoba Agricultural Museum is compiling farming stories to better share the province’s agricultural heritage. This can include your personal farming story, a story passed down from one of your ancestor’s, or a story from the next generation of Manitoba farmers. Stories can be shared online or in the mail and must be received by April 15, 2020. To submit a story or to learn more, email farmers@mbagmuseum.ca or call 204-637-2354.
 
New pea production chapter for Environmental Farm Plans
Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development has coordinated with Roquette to develop a pea production chapter as an optional chapter to the current Manitoba Environmental Farm Plan. Roquette is a global leader in plant-based ingredients for Food, Nutrition and Health markets that is building the world’s largest pea protein processing plant in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Producers wishing to market field peas to Roquette are required to have a valid Statement of Completion from an Environmental Farm Plan that includes the Pea Production Chapter.  The first workshop held in conjunction with Roquette was well attended and held on January 15, 2020 in Oak River. Click here to view currently available EFP workshops. When registering, please indicate you wish to have the pea chapter added to your workbook. 
 
Prescription Safety Eyewear Program
Did you know that as a producer you have access to major discount pricing on prescription safety eyewear through the Manitoba Association of Optometrists’ Safety Eyewear Program? Through the program, your discount will be 60-75% off regular price depending on your prescription, choice of frames, lenses/lens treatments etc. Pricing and dispensing fees are set so the doctors take no mark-up. Simply bring KAP’s authorization form and your current prescription to any participating optometrist in Manitoba to purchase prescription safety eyewear at the program rate. Click here to download KAP’s authorization form and view price lists.
 
Farm Safety Tip from the Manitoba Farm Safety Program
When it comes to disinfecting your farm, remember that true disinfectants, including hospital-grade, must have a DIN (CANADA) or EPA (USA) registration indicating proven effectiveness with minimal risk to the user.
 
Manitoba Farmers’ Voice
Published four times a year, Manitoba Farmers’ Voice tells the stories and profiles the people that are vital to agriculture in our province. If you would like to subscribe, email Joey at joey.dearborn@kap.ca
 
Membership benefits updates re: COVID-19
  • The Cooperators have provided additional information for all members of their group health plans. Click here for updated information.
  • Allianz has provided the following information for members of their group health or travel plans:
    • The Allianz plan only provides medical benefits. As such things like cancellation, trip interruption, increased costs for airfare and other non-medical benefits are not covered.
    • Allianz suggests that any plan members who are out of country and require air transportation to get home to reach out to the Canadian Government who has announced some provisions to assist with this.
    • The annual policy unfortunately excludes coverage caused by a pandemic.  This specifically means that as of the March 11th , the date that COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the WHO, that claims related to COVID-19 are not eligible.
    • However, claims for other eligible illnesses or injuries would still be covered within the 60 days.  
    • For anyone not able to get home before the expiration of their 60-days coverage due to no fault of their own, but due to the new travel environment imposed as result of the COVID-19 situation, Allianz is reviewing these circumstances on a case-by-case basis.”
  • Mark’s stores are closed and are expected to remain that way until April 2. All in-store sales and promotions previously communicated have been cancelled during this period. The Mark’s website online store remains open and can be used to purchase any critical apparel, footwear and safety needs. Mark’s distribution centres will remain open to ship your orders to your business or homes.
  • Choice Hotels have updated their cancellation policy for existing and new reservations to allow for penalty-free charges or cancellations up to 24 hours prior to arrival for reservations made prior to April 30. Click here for updated travel information.
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