Glossary

Agile / Agility

  • Characterized by quickness, lightness, and ease of movement; nimble.
  • Mentally quick or alert: an agile mind.

agriculture

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Ambient Conditions

  • Conditions in the immediate surroundings

Ambition / Ambitious

  • An eager or strong desire to achieve something

Animal Husbandry

  • The branch of agriculture concerned with the care and breeding of domestic animals such as cattle, hogs, sheep, and horses

Annual Crops

  • Plants that only live for one growing season

Apiary

  • A place where bees and beehives are kept, especially a place where bees are raised for their honey

Aptitude

  • An inherent ability, as for learning; a talent: an aptitude for mathematics

Aquaculture

  • The science, art, and business of cultivating marine or freshwater food fish or shellfish, such as oysters, clams, salmon, and trout, under controlled conditions

Artificial Insemination (AI)

  • The introduction of semen into the vagina or uterus without sexual contact

Attitude

  • A state of mind or a feeling; disposition: had a positive attitude about work.

Autonomy

  • Freedom to determine one's own actions, behaviour, etc

Bee Hive

  • A man-made receptacle used to house a swarm of bees

Benefits

  • Something that aids or promotes well-being

Biosecurity

  • A set of preventive measures designed to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious diseases, quarantined pests, invasive alien species, and living modified organisms

Boat Safety Gear

  • Depending on the size of the boat and how it is powered, required equipment may include:
    • personal flotation devices (PFDs or life jackets) for everyone on board
    • a throwable flotation device  
    • navigation lights suitable for the type of boat operation
    • visual distress signals (VSDs) which are effective both day and night
    • sound-making devices including horns and bells
    • fire extinguisher(s)

Cereals

  • Cereals or grains are grasses cultivated for the edible components of their fruit seeds. Cereal grains are grown in greater quantities and provide more food energy worldwide than any other type of crop; they are therefore staple crops

Combine

  • The combine harvester, or simply combine, is a machine that harvests grain crops. Among the crops harvested with a combine are wheat, oats, rye, barley, corn, soybeans and flax. The waste straw left behind on the field is the remaining dried stems and leaves of the crop with limited nutrients which is either chopped and spread on the field or baled for feed and bedding for livestock.

Computer Literacy

  • Computer literacy is defined as the knowledge and ability to use computers and related technology efficiently, with a range of skills covering levels from elementary use to programming and advanced problem solving

Crop Scout

  • A person that inspects and gains information on agricultural crops

Crustaceans

  • Crustaceans (Crustacea) form a very large group of arthropods, which includes such familiar animals as crabs, lobsters, crayfish, shrimp, krill and barnacles.

Documentation

  • Documentation is a general term for written information, media, and other content used to support a tool or a process. Documentation (to document) also refers to the process of providing evidence.

Entry Level Work

  • An entry-level job is a job that is normally designed or designated for recent graduates of a given discipline, and doesn't ask for prior experience in the field or profession. These may require some on-site training. Many entry-level jobs are part-time, and do not include employee benefits. Recent graduates from high school or college usually take entry-level positions.

Entrepreneur

  •  Person who organizes, operates and assumes the risk for a business venture

Farm Protocols

  • A protocol is a set of guidelines or rules - in this case related to farms.

Farm Safety Protocols

  • A protocol is a set of guidelines or rules - in this case related to farm safety.

Farrowing

  • A litter of pigs
  • To produce a litter of pigs

Fencing

  • Material, such as wire, stakes, and rails, used in building fences.
  • A barrier or enclosure of fences.
  • The activity of building or repairing a fence

 

Feedlot

  • An area or building where livestock are fattened rapidly for market

Fertilizing

  • To make (soil, for example) fertile
  • To spread fertilizer use a spreader/sprayer or applicator to fertilize fields
  • To spread fertilizer

 

Field Person

  • A person who grows, cultivates, or lives in fields or on open land

Fin Fish

  • Finfish are true fish : an aquatic vertebrate covered in scales with two sets of paired fins

Finishing Beef

  • The process of preparing a steer or heifer for slaughter

Flexible Working Hours

  • An arrangement by which employees may set their own work schedules, especially their starting and finishing hours

Food Safety Protocols

  • A protocol is a set of guidelines or rules -  in this case related to food safety

Forages

  • Food for domestic animals; fodder.

GPS - Global Positioning System

  • A navigational system involving satellites and computers that can determine the latitude and longitude of a receiver on earth

Grading Fruit and Vegetables

  • Grading is done by hand (comparing to standard samples) or on grading machines (according to weight or size). Hand grading is usually combined with sorting or packing; machine grading is done after sorting.

Grains

  • A cereal grass are grasses cultivated for the edible components of their fruit seeds.
  • The food content of the seeds (as they are commonly called) is mostly carbohydrate, but some protein, oil, and vitamins are also present. Grain, whole or ground into meal or flour, is the principal food of man and of domestic animals.

HACCP Training / Certification

  • Hazard analysis critical control points
  • A monitoring system for identifying and controlling health hazards in food production

Hatchery

  •  A place where eggs, especially those of fish or poultry, are hatched.

Herdsperson

  • A person who cares for herds of cattle or flocks of sheep

Horticulture

  • The practice and science of cultivating gardens, for the growth of flowers, fruits, or vegetables or ornamental plants

Horticulturist

  • An expert in the science of cultivating gardens for the growth of flowers, fruits, vegetables or ornamental plants)

Irrigation system

  • To supply dry land with water by means of ditches, pipes or streams.
  • To supply water to plants grown under cover (ex. Greenhouses)

Kelp

  • Any of various brown, often very large seaweeds that grow in colder ocean regions. Kelps are varieties of brown algae of the order Laminariales, with some species growing over 61 m (200 ft) long. Kelps are harvested as food (primarily in eastern Asia), as fertilizer, and for their sodium and potassium salts, used in industrial processes.

Lateral

  • A change within an organization or a hierarchy to a position at a similar level, as in salary or responsibility, to the one being left: made a lateral move within the company.

Line Labourer

  • Someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labour.

Literate

  • One who can read and write.
  • A well-informed, educated person.

Meat Vouchers (Bonus)

  • A written authorization or certificate, especially one exchangeable for meat or cash - as a bonus or incentive

Molluscs

  • Any invertebrate of the phylum Mollusca, having a soft unsegmented body and often a shell, secreted by a fold of skin (the mantle). The group includes the gastropods (snails, slugs, etc.), bivalves (clams, mussels, etc.), and cephalopods (cuttlefish, octopuses, etc.)

Mucking Out

  • Removing manure and soiled straw from a barn.

Mulch

  • A protective covering, usually of organic matter such as leaves, straw, or peat, placed around plants to prevent the evaporation of moisture, the freezing of roots, and the growth of weeds.
  • To cover or surround with mulch.

Numerate

  • The ability to understand mathematical concepts, perform calculations and interpret and use statistical information.

Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S)

  • A program that promotes and upholds health and safety in the workplace

Oilseeds

  • Crops that are grown for seeds that are a source of edible oils (ex. Canola, flax )

Orchard

  • An orchard is an intentional planting of trees or shrubs that is maintained for food production. Orchards comprise fruit which are grown for commercial production.

Paddock

  • A small field near a house or barn in which animals, usually horses, are enclosed.

Pen rider/ pen checker

  • A person who rides a horse in a feedlot to check on the health of cattle

Perennial Crops

  • Any plant that under natural conditions lives for several to many growing seasons, as contrasted to an annual or a biennial

Precision Farming/ Agriculture

  • The application of technologies and agronomic principles to manage all aspects of agricultural production for the purpose of improving crop performance and environmental quality

Propagation

  • The deliberate, directed reproduction of plants using plant cells or tissues. Asexual propagation, also called vegetative propagation, is accomplished by taking cuttings, by grafting or budding, by layering, by division of plants, or by separation of specialized structures such as tubers, rhizomes, or bulbs.

Protocols

  • A protocol is a set of guidelines or rules

Pruning

  • The horticultural practice of cutting away unwanted, unnecessary, or undesirable plant parts used most often on trees, shrubs, hedges, and woody vines. Pruning removes diseased or injured parts of the plant to influence vertical or lateral growth for various reasons, and to increase flowering or fruit yield.

Pulses

  • The dried seeds of crops that belong to the legume family (ex peas, lentils, edible beans and edible peas)
  • Legumes provide valuable and nutritive foods because the food stored for the embryo in the seed (e.g., the pea) is rich in protein

Quality Control

  • The operational techniques and the activities that sustain the quality of a product or service in order to satisfy given requirements. It consists of quality planning, data collection, data analysis, and implementation, and is applicable to all phases of the product life cycle: design, development, manufacturing, delivery and installation, and operation and maintenance.

 

Record Keeping

  • Record keeping is a general term for written information, media, and other content used to support a tool or a process.

RRSP - Registered Retirement Savings Plan

  • In Canada, an account into which a worker makes contributions up to a certain limit throughout his/her working life, and from which he/she begins to take distributions following retirement. A registered retirement savings plan allows for tax deductible contributions and taxable distributions; that is, contributions are tax-deferred until retirement.

Split Shifts

  • A working shift divided into two or more periods of time, such as morning and evening, with a break of several hours between them

Swather

  • A farm implement used to cut hay or grain crops and form them into a windrow

Swine

  • Another name for a pig

Tillage

  • The preparation of land for growing crops. Includes ploughing, disking, cultivating and rod weeding.

Transplanting

  • To uproot and replant (a growing plant).

Vaccination

  • Inoculation with a vaccine in order to protect against a particular disease

Vineyard

  • Ground planted with cultivated grapevines

Viticulture

  • The science that studies grapevine and how they are grown.
  • The cultivation of grapevines and the production of grapes

Weaning

  • The process of weaning involves a substitution of some other form of nourishment for mother's milk

WHMIS - Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System

  • Canada's national hazard communication program for hazardous workplace chemicals
  • WHMIS describes the safe use and storage of workplace chemicals