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Free Agri-food Courses to Grow Your Business

From Jenny Huynh, Stakeholder Communications and Marketing Officer, OMAFRA:

Are you interested in developing a strong business and growing your success? Sign up for free agri-food online courses and — for a limited time — free in-person workshops.

Take advantage of the courses to sharpen your competitive edge by gaining skills and knowledge in farm business practices, food safety and traceability. These courses will provide you with foundational information to:

  • reduce risks to your business and customers;
  • improve efficiencies; and
  • access new markets.

You can explore the options that best suit your schedule and learning style.

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In-person workshops and webinars

These courses for producers are offered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA):

  • Environmental Farm Plan (workshops)
  • Growing Your Farm Profits (workshops)
  • Biosecurity (workshops)
  • Food Safety (workshops and webinars)
  • Traceability (workshops)

To sign up, go to www.ontariosoilcrop.org. In-person workshops will wrap up during March.

Online courses

E-learning courses are available on Agriculture and Food Education website.

For producers:

  • Water Use
  • Worker Practices
  • Maximizing Your Traceability Investment
  • Growing Your Farm Profits
  • The Basics of Traceability
  • Food Safety Foundations

For processors:

  • Sanitation
  • Recall
  • Personnel
  • Profiting from Traceability
  • The Basics of Traceability
  • Food Safety Foundations

To sign up, go to www.agandfoodeducation.ca.

REI (re-entry interval) signs available

Danger Do Not Enter Until (REI sign)How do you inform farm workers, scouts and others about the Restricted Entry Interval (REI) of pesticides you use? The REI is the period of time after a pesticide has been applied that workers or anyone else must not do hand labour tasks in that treated area. One way to inform everyone of REIs is to post signs at any entrance into treated areas. In collaboration with government and industry leaders, the Ontario Pesticide Education Program (OPEP) has available 2 designs of ready-to-use signs that growers can purchase to inform others to stay out of treated areas. Continue reading REI (re-entry interval) signs available

NEW! Pesticide Safety Manual for Farm Workers

Pesticide Safety Manual for Farm Workers (OPEP)The Ontario Pesticide Education Program has released a new manual for farm workers.

“If you work on a farm where pesticides are used, you need to know how to work safely around pesticides.  The information in this manual explains how farm workers can work safely on a farm that uses pesticides.”

Continue reading NEW! Pesticide Safety Manual for Farm Workers

New Health and Safety Training Requirements for Farm Workers

A new regulation will require health and safety awareness training for every worker and supervisor under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). The regulation comes into force July 1, 2014. This includes all farms with paid employees.

One way to complete the new health and safety awareness training will be for workers and supervisors to take part in a one-hour tutorial either individually or in groups using free, online e-learning tools or hard copy workbooks. The training is designed to help prevent workplace incidents and injuries by making workers and supervisors aware of their roles, rights and responsibilities in the workplace.

Workplaces that have provided similar training to employees will not need to participate, as long as the previous training met the minimum requirements of the new regulation.

New and young workers are three times more likely to be injured in the first month of their employment than more experienced workers.

Training materials are available at: http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/training/index.php

  • Once the e-learning training module is complete, an employee will receive a certificate that is valid for the remainder of his or her career.
  • The printed training materials are available in nine languages.
  • You do not have to report the training to the Ministry, but you must maintain a record of completion for all of your workers and supervisors and be able to present it should a ministry inspector visit your farm or workplace. A record of completion can be as simple as your employee signing and dating their workbook.