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The Agri Post

Dedicated to the RMWF

March 29, 2013

Lung Hazards in Agriculture By Joan Airey

Jessie Goods aboard Dream Weaver. The Argyle horsewoman was riding for Wanda Hicks who owns the horse and 2 others at Stonewall. Photo by Les Kleke

By Les Kletke Wanda Hicks is a nurse most days but for the last week in March she transforms into a horse owner, actually, she owns three horses all year but they consume all her attention for the week of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair. Hicks is from Stonewall and is a coordinator at a personal care home there. She grew up in Charleswood where her parents had a boarding and riding stable and she operated her own stable until 1999. Early in the week, she was in the stands watching Jessie Goods on Dream Weaver the horse she had chosen to bring to Brandon. In the past, she has been a competitor herself

and is not happy to watch from the stands. “I have been in the ring myself but now I am more interested in seeing this horse achieve his potential and I have no interest in going over 4 foot jumps,” said Hicks. She says that depending on how Dream Weaver does at the Brandon event this will help determine the travel plans for the summer. “We have about 2 shows a month for May through August,” said Hicks. “But if he does well I would like to take him to Calgary and the Rocky Mountain Show Jumping event.” For Dream Weaver the trip to Brandon was almost like going home, Hicks purchased

Education FFund und Soars By Les Kletke An education fund for a little girl who lost her dad in a plane crash has grown by nearly $40,000 thanks to the generosity of the Canadian Aerial Applicators Association. Darren Spence, two of his sons and a young friend were killed in a plane crash near Waskada, Manitoba in February. Darren was a member of the Board of Directors of the CAAA and the group decided to do something to boost an education fund for his surviving daughter Kaylee. The CAAA held a fundraiser auction as part of its annual convention hosted in Calgary February 21-23. The auction was the major fundraiser for the association which is managed from an office in Edmonton. One of the items auctioned annually is a large bottle of spirits that is not opened but goes from province to province in a friendly competition between provincial organizations. This year the Board of Directors decided to donate the proceeds from the auction of the “Legacy Bottle” to an education fund that has been established for Kaylee Spence. It was the final item at this year’s auction and was sold to a Manitoba consortium for $20,150. Steve Kanski handled the bidding for the Manitoba group and was a close friend of Darren Spence. “I knew that we were not going to let the bottle go anyplace but Manitoba,” said Kanski after the auction. “But the support for the fund was overwhelming. It was an honour for me to do the bidding on behalf of the group.” After the sale, Saskatchewan and Alberta bidding groups announced that they, too, would donate the money that members had committed to the bidding. The amount was just over $9,000 from Saskatchewan and nearly $8,000 from Alberta. Jill Lane, of Managewise Inc., who handles the administration of the CAAA, said the auction was not the end. “We have members who contributed following the auction and some who said they would be donating to the fund when they returned home. We are confident the total amount will be near $40,000.” Wayne Kauenhofen of Rosenfeld, who conducted the sale, said he has not seen anything like it before. “I have done a lot of auctions but to be a part of an event that helps a little girl is just a great feeling. So many of us are parents and know the feelings the family must be going through at this time. It was great just to be able to help in some way.” The fund will be administered by Deb Spence, Darren’s sister, and is designated for post secondary education.

him from a farm south of Brandon, but he was not entirely at home in the Keystone Centre on his first foray into the ring. “He seems just a bit nervous when other horses approach him,” said Hicks while watching Goods guide him through a warm up session in the main ring. “That is entirely different than how he behaves at home in the corral, but we will see how he does in competition.” Hicks not only inherited her love of horses from her parents but also passed it onto her son Wayne who joined her later in the week when University demands lessened. Goods from Argyle, was not only riding Dream Weaver but also had her own horse in competition and was glad to have the experience of riding a quality horse and proving both herself and the horse in the competition. The three-year old horse had started in competition in June at the Brandon summer fair and was hoping to establish Dream Weaver at the Royal Winter Fair.

What is COPD? COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the current name for bronchitis and emphysema. “COPD is a chronic disease that makes it hard to move air in and out of your lungs and once you have COPD it never goes away. There are ways to manage your COPD and treat your symptoms. The Manitoba Lung Association would like to educate people on ways to avoid getting this chronic disease,” said Sheila McIntosh, Director of Health Initiatives for the Manitoba Lung Association. Recently McIntosh addressed a group of farm women and men in Rivers, Manitoba. The event was sponsored by the Rivers Women’s Institute (WI) and Redfern Farm Services. What hazards in Agriculture can cause lung disease? - Dusts from grain, straw, insect parts, rodent hairs, animal waste, pesticides, mould spores, grain preservatives, and field dust. - Mould spores from mould growth in hay and grain, fungal spores and dusts from organic materials. - Dusts and gases such as hydrogen sulphide, carbon dioxide, ammonia and methane produced by animals and manure pits in animal confinement buildings. - Silo gas (nitrogen dioxide) formed in silos and grain storage bins. - Chemicals from pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. - Carbon monoxide from gas engines and heaters in poorly ventilated spaces. - Welding fumes and dust from sandblasting. Sheila McIntosh, Director of Health Initiatives - Toxins in cigarettes. Tobacco smokers for the Manitoba Lung Association, adface a greater risk of disability or death dressed a group of farm women and men in from agricultural lung diseases. Rivers. “We want to educate people to prevent Photo by Joan Airey lung diseases by making sure there is adequate ventilation, that grain, hay and chemicals are handled properly. Good cleaning practices, continuous circulation of fresh air where required, and using air monitoring devices. Changing from work clothing and separate washing for work clothes is important. Use dusk masks or respirators where required to keep your lungs healthy,” said McIntosh. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in Canada. More people die of COPD in Canada than accidents, diabetes, suicide, Alzheimer’s, flu and kidney deaths. For more information on COPD check out the website at “Did you know, also that ninety percent of lung cancer deaths are linked to smoking, and radon exposure is linked to approximately 10 percent of lung cancers in Canada and is the second leading cause of lung cancer for smokers?” said McIntosh. The only way to know if you have a radon problem in your home is to test for it. Testing for radon is easy and inexpensive. Radon levels vary over time so use a long term detector and test for a minimum of three months. Radon testing is available through certified service professionals or do-it-yourself kits can be purchased by phone, internet or at certain retail stores. For more information on the subject check out the website at radon. “WI groups in Newdale, Fork River, and Woodmore will be sponsoring speakers on COPD in their area in weeks to come.” said Pat Dyck, Rivers WI President.


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