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Top 3 ways to engage employees in workplace health and safety

Make sure your employees understand the importance of health and safety with these tips.

Food not feed

What we know about the strange “ban” on Lambda-cyhalothrin insecticide.

CAAR News

No Concerns with New Pesticides & Ag Plastic in Québec Changes

The Resiliency of Canadian Ag Production

It has been three long years since I last attended an indoor farm show. Yesterday, I travelled to Brandon, Manitoba for the opening day of 2023 Manitoba Ag Days.

By The Numbers

2.9 That’s how many billions of dollars Canada’s ag industry lost because it lacked the necessary labour, according to a 2020 survey. See Page 18.

3 The number of quick and easy ways to get your new hire interested in your work-related health and safety. See Page 12.

7 The Royal Bank of Canada says that there are seven things our country can do to turn it into a global leader in agriculture innovation and technology, while also reducing our ag greenhouse gas emissions. See Page 26.

30 The required amount of metric tonnes of GHG emissions Canada needs to annually reduce by 2030. One way to eat at that number is to use more grain oils as vehicle fuel. See Page 14.

100 That’s the percentage of effort CAAR Scholarship Award winner Alice Hehli said she will be able to put into her school work now, no longer having to worry about finances. See Page 36.

449.8 This is the molecular weight of Lambda-cyhalothrin, a compound that was used as the main ingredient in highly effective brands of insecticide. Banned, but not banned in Canada, its loss affects our crops as well as our feed imports. See Page 8.

Canadian ag labour resolution may have a flaw

The interim report developed for the National Workforce Strategic Framework for Agriculture and Food & Beverage Manufacturing is a thing of beauty. But something integral to its success is missing.

The RBC transformative seven

With Canada having to reduce its GHG emissions, the ag industry needs more innovative technologies. So how do we do that?

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In this sellers’ market, candidates want to know if your company is the perfect fit.


By AgCareers.com

We are currently in the midst of a seller’s market—where there are more companies looking for employees than there are employable workers.

Job seekers want to know at the very beginning what they are getting into, and how those expectations will be matched by a potential employer.

Here are some helpful questions your company’s representative should be prepared to answer during the interview process.

  1. How would you describe the company’s culture?
    Candidates who ask this question care about finding the right cultural fit in their next position. It also gives them a broad overview of your company’s philosophy on how you prioritize employee satisfaction.
  2. What is your favourite thing about working for X company?
    Brownie points! Asking about your personal experience with the company will provide the candidate with additional insight into the company’s culture and allow them to create a sense of rapport with you.

  3. What is the best part about working here?
    With a tight economy nowadays, employees want to feel like their efforts are appreciated. It should not just be upper management gaining the gains; there should be some love passed down the chain because company success is a team effort. As an agri-business company, make sure your response lines up. Not only will this attract new employees, it will keep them in the fold, too.

  4. Is this a new position? If not, why did the person before me leave the role?
    As forward as it sounds, this is a smart question to ask. It’s natural to want to know if and why someone may have been unhappy in this role. Try to be as honest as possible. If the last person left for a negative reason, let the candidate know, but be sure to turn that negative into a positive (i.e. the company did X, Y, and Z to make sure this doesn’t happen again).

  5. What are the biggest challenges the company is facing right now, and how is the company addressing them?
    Asking about challenges tells the candidate about the current industry trends and concerns within the industry. This will help them to identify where their skills can be put to good use. Knowing how your company tackles challenges shows them what your ambitions are and could organically lead to other important questions.

  6. How do you see the company evolving over the next five years?
    If the candidate asks this question, know that they are interested in a future with the company, but want to make sure their professional growth will align with the company’s projected growth.

  7. What is your timeline and what are the next steps?
    This wrap-up question is probably the most commonly asked at the end of an interview. Candidates will use this as an opportunity to address any time-sensitive items they should know about, such as if they are considering other offers, make arrangements for relocating, or adjusting to a new schedule.

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