December 2012 
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Conference a Success 
There was only one day in the fog for participants of FarmSafe CASA’s AGM and Conference in the beautiful St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador this past fall. From October 10 to 12, 2012, more than 70 farmers, safety professionals, suppliers, trainers, manufacturers and researchers descended on the island in the North Atlantic to learn, network, and take in the sites of one of the oldest cities in North America.
Keynote speaker John McNamara from Teagasc in Ireland challenged agricultural safety educators and researchers to listen to and learn from farmers—provide what they need when they need it and do not get discouraged. “I was delighted to meet so many dedicated professionals and stakeholders from across Canada in St. Johnn’s and share health and safety knowledge," says McNamara.
You could have heard a nano-particle drop during Renzo Dalla Villa’s presentation on agricultural safety concerns in the nano-particle age. One participant said it was “one of the most interesting presentations” they had ever seen.
Participants also got a first look at the National Farm Safety Strategy, a document commissioned by CASA that identifies key priority areas for improving farm safety across Canada. Participants were asked to add their two cents during a Strategy workshop session.
Of course the social events—kissing the cod and a rambunctious kitchen party—made for lots of great memories.
FarmSafe Event Coordinator Diane Wreford worked hard to bring a Newfoundland flair to conference events. “Evaluations were extremely positive on all counts. So—save the dates for 2013 in Quebec City, October 9–11, 2013 and watch CASA’s website soon for more details!”
Special thanks to Diane Wreford and Stella Laurin for putting together an excellent conference!

Happy Holidays!

With the holiday season on our doorstep, CASA would just like to take this opportunity to wish CASA members, staff, supporters, and partners in farm safety a safe and happy holiday season. It is through our collective efforts that we continue to chart a path forward to a safer, more productive agricultural sector in Canada. See you in the New Year!
Dean Anderson Re-elected to CASA Board
The Council of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) re-elected two directors to CASA’s Board of Directors this past October at FarmSafe 2012, CASA’s AGM and Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dean Anderson, Regional Director for Western Ontario with Workplace Safety and Prevention Services, resumes his officer post as Chair of the CASA Board of Directors. This is his fourth term as Chair.
“I am so pleased to continue serving as Chair of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association. Over the last few years we have been working hard to support safety behaviour change at the farm level while strengthening the organization from within. In 2013 this work continues as we develop and support new training tools and resources for farmers, bolster the FarmSafe Foundation—CASA’s new charitable arm—and promote the National Farm Safety Strategy,” says Anderson.
Lauranne Sanderson, Associate Professor at Dalhousie University, assumes the role of Treasurer.
The Board elected both directors to their officer posts by unanimous acclamation.
In December, the Board also welcomed Suzanne Young (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, New Brunswick), as well as Niels Koehncke (Canadian Centre for Health & Safety in Agriculture) to the Board. Both Young and Koehncke replace retiring Board members.
Filling out the remainder of the Board, Denis Bilodeau, vice-president of L’Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) resumes his role as Board Vice-Chair, while Billy Woods, producer from Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador, continues as Secretary. Charan Gill, Chief Executive Officer of Progressive Intercultural Community Services, continues as a Board member.

National Farm Safety Strategy Now Online
In October 2012, the National Farm Safety Strategy was released at FarmSafe, CASA’s Annual General Meeting and Conference in St. John’s, NL. The document identifies five key priority areas for improving farm safety across Canada with an aim to position Canada as a leader in farm safety.
Dean Anderson is the Chair of CASA. “This is an important first step in helping everyone involved in farm safety education and research work cohesively to make the farm a safer place to live and work,” he says.
The document is the result of months of consultations involving feedback from agribusiness, commodity groups, producer groups, farmers, farm workers, farm safety organizations and others. The document was commissioned by CASA via an independent third party. Because the findings are extensive, CASA will prioritize its target areas in terms of responding to the feedback. But CASA is only one piece of the solution. The Strategy is owned by its contributors. As such, CASA will also use the Strategy to guide discussions with other partners in farm safety with an aim to find solutions that make farms safer places to live and work. The Strategy can be found online at

CASHP Projects Underway
Canadian Agricultural Safety and Health Program (CASHP) projects for 2012–2013 that got underway last summer are beginning to heat up. Seven projects received funding for over $160,000, with an additional projected community contribution of over $160,000. The grant is designed to support the development of farm safety resources that contribute to health and safety training across the country. Now partway through the granting cycle, CASA is pleased to see projects taking shape.
Equine Guelph received almost $29,000 towards the delivery of a horse behaviour, handling and safety training program, including online workshops and a “train the trainer” kit. The program focuses on promoting good stockmanship and horse safety through cultivating a better understanding of horse behaviour among adults and young adults who are new to horses. Approximately six months into the project, Equine Guelph Director Gayle Ecker is pleased with the uptake of their course offerings. "The popularity of Equine Guelph's new Horse Behaviour and Safety eWorkshop was established as it sold out within two hours of the first offering announcement," she exclaims. "We are pleased by the interest horse people are showing in educating themselves 'why’ horses behave the way they do in order to become safer handlers." 
A second course offering has been added April 1 to 14, 2013. For more information, visit
New CASA Council Member, academic, and Vice President of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Owen Roberts met with a select group of agricultural journalists this fall in an effort to develop a blueprint for an innovative workshop on farm safety reporting for journalists.
The project promotes proactive, accurate farm safety reporting, incorporating convention media and new media with the aim of helping to create a safer, healthier Canadian agricultural environment. The project is based on the premise that if reporters are more informed about agricultural health and safety when they are compiling information for their stories, producers will be better informed as well.
Other projects involve safe tractor operation, foreign worker safety orientation, hydrogen sulphide awareness, and more. A complete list of projects will be available on CASA’s website in the New Year.
Over the last five years, CASA has distributed over $1.6 million in grants to 75 projects. These funds have attracted additional contributions from business or other partners, boosting project funding over this period to more than $3.2 million.

FCC Ag Safety Fund Update
From September 13 to October 25, CASA and Farm Credit Canada (FCC) accepted applications for funding through the FCC Ag Safety Fund. The grant supports charitable and non-profit groups working to deliver farm safety education and training opportunities to farmers, communities and others involved in the agricultural sector. While the application period is now closed, applicants can expect to be notified in early January whether or not they qualified for funding. This is the third consecutive year that FCC and CASA have teamed up to support farm safety and communities through the FCC Ag Safety Fund. Approximately $100,000 will be distributed to successful applicants in this round of funding.
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