August 2016

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Register Today for CASA Conference and AGM

Farm safety champions, the clock is ticking! Don’t waste another moment. Register today for “Empowering the AgSafe Family: Keeping Kids Safe.” The event takes place from October 4th to 6th, 2016 at the Rodd Charlottetown in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
CASA has a pool of rooms reserved for conference goers until Sunday, September 18th at the reduced conference rate of $145. Please book your hotel room on or before September 18th as there is no vacancy beyond those reserved rooms. Once CASA’s reserved rooms are released, there is no guarantee you will be able to secure a room. BOOK NOW or call 1-800-565-RODD (7633).
CASA’s 22nd annual farm safety conference and AGM brings together farmers, safety professionals, equipment manufacturers and researchers to probe the reality and discuss new approaches to improve the safety and health of children, youth, their families and young workers in Canada's ag community.
Diane Wreford is the conference organizer for CASA. “We have a wonderful slate of speakers lined up for 2016 that will take us from the experience of sustaining a farm injury, to the latest research and tools designed to help prevent injuries, to the best practices and safety initiatives that are working hard, right now in Canada, to keep kids, youth and young workers safe,” she says.
  • Bailey Kemery (farmer, Saskatchewan) will speak about the impact of a devastating injury she experienced as a child growing up on a family farm in Saskatchewan;
  • Social-cultural anthropologist Casper Bendixsen (National Farm Medicine Center) will discuss how to balance the risks with the rewards of raising children on the farm;
  • Marsha Salzwedel (National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety) will highlight the latest tools for keeping kids safe on the farm;
  • Dr. James Dosman (Agrivita Canada Inc.) will explore the latest farm safety opinion research in light of research data from the Saskatchewan Farm Injury Cohort Study;
  • Dan Trottier (Tatonga Inc.) will introduce and discuss prairie-proven strategies for protecting children, youth and young workers on the farm; and
  • Harvey Wolfe (cause and effect communications inc.) will discuss “Bring Safety Home,” a multi-tiered, Ontario-based initiative to engage parents in taking a proactive role in ensuring their young worker children have positive, injury free experiences entering the workforce.
Register for the conference now. Only CASA members in good standing will receive a conference discount and be eligible to vote at the AGM. To find out if it’s time to renew, contact Liz Ellis Clark at 1- 877-452-2272 or, or visit to renew online.

New Directors Appointed to FarmSafe Foundation Board
The FarmSafe Foundation welcomes three new members to the charity’s Board of Directors.
(from left) Jim Feeny, Director of Public Affairs for CN, brings over 35 years of leadership experience in communications, and public and government affairs to the Foundation Board.
Shanna Groeneveld, Communications Manager with Crop Production Services (CPS), has a strong background in agricultural marketing, communications and training.
Todd Klink, Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer with Farm Credit Canada (FCC) brings many years of experience with FCC—a long-time farm safety champion—to the table. Klink replaces Lyndon Carlson on the Foundation Board, who retired as Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer with FCC in December 2015.
Bruce Johnson is the Chair of the FarmSafe Foundation. “Our new Board members add a great complement to our existing governance volunteers. We are so pleased to welcome them to our team as we work to promote farm safety in Canada.”
The FarmSafe Foundation is a registered Canadian charity (CR# 84040 4487 RR0001) that supports the farm safety initiatives of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA). Through charitable donations, the Foundation supports farm safety education for youth, safety resource development and training, grain safety, and adaptive technology for traumatically injured farmers.
For more information about the FarmSafe Foundation or to donate, visit
Grain Safety Campaign Takes Off
With the frequency of grain entrapments growing across Canada, CASA has launched a new national fundraising campaign to help prevent kids and adults from dying in grain. The heart of the Grain Safety Program includes building a mobile demonstration unit—the first of its kind in Canada—which can function as both a grain entrapment demonstration unit and a rescue training unit.
Since late 2015, CASA has raised over $300,000 towards the development of this new program, and is more than 75 per cent of the way towards the phase one fundraising goal of $400,000 to develop and run the program over a three-year period across the Prairie Provinces.
Liz Ellis Clark is CASA’s Development Officer. “The response from the agricultural community has been phenomenal. CASA is so pleased with the level of commitment from industry. We couldn’t have asked for better partners to bring this vision to fruition,” she says.
Sponsors and donors include: Crop Production Services, Canadian Canola Growers Association, Alberta Canola Producers Commission, Manitoba Canola Growers Association, Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, Red Deer County, Alberta Pulse Growers Commission, Alberta Wheat Commission, Prairie Oat Growers Association, and Manitoba Ag Days. Real Agriculture, an online farm news and opinion media organization, has also partnered with CASA as a media sponsor to launch a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign to support the program. They have already raised over $10,000 through private donations to the program.
For more information about the Grain Safety Program or to donate, visit
Safety Day Events Well Underway
Over 90 Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® events are taking place across nine provinces in 2016. The one-day events help rural children learn how to be safe on the farm, ranch and at home through such workshop stations as sun safety, power take off safety, ATV safety and animal safety. While the majority of Safety Days this year took place in the spring and early summer, a dozen or so are scheduled for late August or the fall.
Glen LePoudre, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and long-time Safety Day coordinator from Manitoba, held a Safety Day in Boissevain in June (above). “It’s rewarding, running a Safety Day. It’s helping communities, help kids, be safe,” he says.
This year so far, over 65 applications have been submitted for the FCC Safety Day Coordinator Fund. Coordinators can apply for up to $1,500 to help cover some of the operational costs associated with holding these important farm safety events. Only Safety Days registered through the Progressive Agriculture Foundation may apply. Christine Maynard Balcaen, CASA Administrative Assistant, says all applications so far in 2016 have been approved and over half have already been paid out to volunteers. Last year, CASA distributed over $45,000 to eligible applicants.
The application period to hold a Safety Day in 2017 is now closed. The Progressive Agriculture Foundation is currently reviewing applicants.
For more information about Safety Days, visit

Program Helps Producer Get Back to Ag
Barry Cloutier (above) is farming easier, safer and with less pain these days thanks to a grant from Back to Ag, a program that helps producers and agricultural workers purchase assistive technology following a traumatic injury.
The farmer from near Ponteix, Saskatchewan lost portions of his index and middle fingers on his right hand following a baler injury in 2014. With only two fingers left on his dominant hand, farming tasks are more difficult for the producer, who has to keep up with the demands of over 200 head of livestock.
Like hauling five-gallon pails of feed six months out of the year. “I needed something that would help ease the pressure and pain on my hand,” he says.
That’s when he saw an article about Back to Ag.
“I was waiting for my wife and happened across a newspaper article about Back to Ag,” he explains. “I thought, wow, that’s interesting!” Cloutier started thinking about applying and what type of technical solution would best accommodate his injury. Cloutier had looked into other programs and personal insurance, but no program or insurance existed that would be able to help him deal with his injury on the farm.
Through the Back to Ag Program, Cloutier was able to purchase a cattle-feed cart. The grain handling system means that Cloutier is able to feed his livestock more efficiently and safely, without the risk of injuring his hand further.
When talking about the grain handling system, he is enthusiastic. “I like the way it looks; it’s a great idea. I like the idea of not having to haul those doggone pails.” He does have one problem with the new grain handling system, “It might make me want to farm that much longer,” he laughs.
Cloutier encourages other traumatically-injured farmers to find out more about the Back to Ag Program. “Definitely apply,” he says. “Find out more and use it for something that’s going to help you and be useful on your farm.”
Cloutier was one of four farmers approved for funding via the Back to Ag Program this past May. Funding for the Back to Ag Program is part of a partnership between the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF). For more information on the Back to Ag Program, please visit, email or call 1-877-452-2272.

Board Position Open
Attention members: CASA is looking for one person to join its seven-person Board of Directors. This is a non-sector specific, three-year term that would begin in October following CASA’s conference and AGM. If you would like to let your name stand, or you know someone that would make a great governance volunteer, please contact Christine Maynard Balcaen at
and she will forward you the appropriate nomination forms. Please note nominations are open from Monday, August 22nd, 2016 to Thursday, September 1st, 2016. Only CASA members in good standing are eligible to run for this position.
12 Groups Receive Funding
This past April, 12 groups across five provinces received funding to support community-centred farm safety training activities. The recipients of the 2016–2017 FCC Ag Safety Fund include: Farm Management Canada, the PEI Federation of Agriculture, L’Union des producteurs agricoles, Farm Safety Nova Scotia, Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Limited, Alberta Crop Commissions, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, Athabasca District Agricultural Society, Kneehill Adult Learning Society, St. Mary’s Sexsmith School Booster Club, Rochester and District Agricultural Society and Sexsmith and District Agricultural Society. Congratulations to project recipients! For a full list of projects funded, visit
Welcome Sarah!
This past June, CASA welcomed a bright and talented young engineering student to the CASA team. Summer student Sarah Slagerman hit the ground running, updating membership information, conducting a comprehensive inventory of CASA resources and library information, and helping CASA Communications prepare for a brand refresh and website redevelopment project.
“We needed a detail-oriented person who could think through systems and processes. Sarah fit that bill wonderfully and has been a tremendous asset as we have been preparing to relaunch the CASA brand and website,” says Michelle French Lancaster, CASA Media and Communications Specialist.
Slagerman will be entering her fourth year of Engineering this fall at the University of Manitoba, specializing in Biomedical Engineering. Upon graduation, Slagerman would like to focus on rehabilitation engineering. Slagerman says the internship has improved her communications skills and given her new insights into the agricultural sector. “There are many individuals involved with agriculture for whom rehabilitative services could improve their lives, so being involved with CASA has given me some insight into some of these areas.”
Slagerman grew up in Rosser, Manitoba with multiple farmers in her family and attended many Safety Days as a child. Thanks Sarah for all your hard work. We wish you the best of luck in your studies and future career!

CASA Hosts Safety Day
CASA staff have spent so many years supporting Safety Days across Canada that they decided to host their own event this spring. On June 3rd, 2016, CASA partnered with St. Malo School in St. Malo, Manitoba to hold a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® for 130 school children from kindergarten to grade four. CASA staff and a small number of presenters manned the stations, which included grain, PTO, tractor, chemical, underground utility, ATV and fire safety. A huge thank you to Christine Maynard Balcaen for coordinating this great event! Thanks as well to the staff and teachers of St. Malo School for participating in their first Safety Day. From left: Christine Maynard Balcaen, Robin Anderson, and Glen Blahey use a bit of elbow grease to prepare the ATV safety station for the children of St. Malo School.

The following is a list of upcoming activities at CASA. Get your calendars out!

August 2016
Is it time to renew your membership? Remember, you must be a CASA member in good standing to vote at CASA’s AGM and receive a reduced conference price. To find out if it’s time to renew, contact Liz Ellis Clark at 1- 877-452-2272 or or visit to renew online.
Reminder: Nominate a fellow CASA member or let your name stand for a non-sector specific position on the CASA Board of Directors. Nominations are open from Monday, August 22nd, 2016 to Thursday, September 1st, 2016. Contact Christine Maynard Balcaen at for the appropriate nomination forms.

September 2016
Reminder: If you are attending the CASA conference and AGM, please book your hotel room by no later than September 18th, 2016 as there is no vacancy beyond the rooms CASA has already reserved at the Rodd Charlottetown. Once CASA’s reserved rooms are released, there is no guarantee you will be able to secure a room. BOOK NOW or call 1-800-565-RODD (7633).
October 2016
Get ready for CASA’s annual conference! In 2016, CASA’s Conference and AGM will be held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island from October 4 to 6. Register now.
March 2017
Save the Date: Canadian Agricultural Safety Week will run from March 12th to the 18th, 2017. The theme is “Appealing to Adults” and will focus on what adults can do to stay safe for themselves and their families as they juggle life on the farm. It’s year two of the larger “Be an AgSafe Family” campaign, a three-year initiative to promote farm safety for each generation on the farm. Check for updates on this important campaign.
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