Electrical issues are the most frequent cause of barn fires.

Farmers, insurance providers can work together on fire prevention

Insurers are eager to reduce the risk of fire on farms and have tools to help

Farm businesses often rely on a team of advisers — lawyers, accountants, succession planners and marketers. Insurance providers can play a similar role, helping farmers to manage the fire risks. “Most insurance companies have loss prevention specialists on staff,” says Bruce Kelly, Farm & Food Care Ontario. “Loss prevention specialists will work with farmers and […] Read more

Cows wade through a flooded field following heavy rains in the southern New South Wales town of Wagga Wagga, Australia, October 2, 2016.

Hundreds of thousands of cattle killed by Australian floods

The region has gone from drought to catastrophic floods after receiving 1.5 year’s worth of rain in seven days

Sydney | Reuters – Authorities planned to drop fodder to stranded cattle in Australia’s flooded far north earlier this month where vast parts of the outback are under water and livestock losses are estimated in the hundreds of thousands. Torrential rains that lashed the coastal city of Townsville in Queensland state this week have swept […] Read more

Most barn fires occur in winter, when electrical use is high.

Top 10 ways to help prevent barn fires

Inspection and care of electrical systems, whether permanent or temporary, is part of a fire prevention plan in barns, says the agriculture department

Barn fires are a year-round concern, but most occur in the winter. The colder months are generally the time when feed and bedding storage is greatest, electricity use is high, and equipment repairs and upgrades are made. It is an important time to be extra vigilant. When it comes to barn fires, prevention is key. […] Read more

More counties join Farm 911 project

The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) is encouraging farmers to join the Farm 911 Emily Project, which urges agricultural landowners to have civic addresses assigned to vacant land entrances. Farm accidents can occur in remote locations on a rural property, often kilometres away from the nearest residence, making it challenging for first responders […] Read more