This October, CASA will be hosting its annual Conference and AGM in Saskatoon at the Hilton Garden Inn. “Be the Difference!” runs from October 6 to 8 and showcases farmers, safety professionals, equipment manufacturers and researchers who are making a difference to safety and health within North America’s ag community.
This year’s program is jam-packed with speakers and presentations on the latest farm safety data, and tools and techniques farm safety professionals can use to “Be the Difference!.” Hear from dynamic keynote communications expert Wes Jamison from Palm Beach Atlantic University, who will highlight case studies that have successfully persuaded people to be safe. Learn from keynote Curtis Weber, a former Saskatchewan farmer and current Safety Officer from the Prairie North Health Region in Saskatchewan who was severely injured in a farm incident. Take part in a professional development workshop delivered by Eldeen Pozniak, a sought-after safety consultant who speaks all over the world about implementing safety in the workplace. And get the latest on Canadian agricultural injury statistics, farmer attitudes, and Canadian agricultural machinery standards, all the while taking in what Saskatchewan organizations are doing to promote farm safety in that province. Check out the complete program.
So register today for “Be the Difference!” 2015 and be part of a group sharing solutions for positive change and growth in the industry. Space is limited, so book now to take advantage of early bird hotel rates.
“Be the Difference!” would not be possible without the generous support of our conference sponsors including the Government of Canada via Growing Forward 2, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative, CHS, Farm Credit Canada, Imperial, Pioneer Dupont, Monsanto, BASF, CropLife Canada, John Deere and MacDon.
Injured Farmers Receive Adaptive Technology Funding
Nine farmers that have experienced traumatic, life-altering injuries have or will be receiving funding this year to support the cost of adaptive technology to help them farm more safely and efficiently. The Back to Ag Program was announced last year and made possible through a partnership between CASA, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF). The program provides funding to injured farmers or farm workers so they can get back to the work they love—farming.
André Veilleux, a maple syrup producer from Quebec, received funding to support the purchase of a stand-up wheelchair that has drastically improved his mobility and independence on the farm. The paraplegic lost the use of his legs in 2008 after a maple tree he was felling crushed him, severing his spinal cord and fracturing six vertebrae in his back.
Using his regular wheelchair, Veilleux was not easily able to perform the necessary maintenance of his equipment or even boil his maple sap—a key step in the production of maple syrup. “Thanks to Back to Ag, I could get the stand-up wheelchair,” says Veilleux. “It allows me to work in my workshop and handle tools and repair equipment properly. It will be useful during the sugaring season to monitor the syrup and make cleaning easier.”
Over $100,000 is being distributed to program recipients for a variety of assistive modifications or devices including adjustments to a cattle handling system, farm equipment lifts, a sit-to-stand wheelchair, an accessible tractor, a self-piloting GPS system, a garage jack, accessible cleaning, bedding and feeding machinery, modifications to a barn entry, and an accessible barn-loft staircase.
“Recipient feedback has been extremely positive,” says Marcel Hacault, CASA’s Executive Director. “This funding fills a need that isn’t met through insurance or government programs. This unique program is truly getting farmers Back to Ag.”
For more information on Back to Ag check out our website or contact email@example.com.
Ag Safety Week Shines Despite Weather Woes
While punishing winter weather may have forced the cancellation of Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW) launch activities planned for Prince Edward Island this past March, the spirit of CASW lived on across the country thanks to online campaign efforts and a plethora of local CASW activities.
Marcel Hacault is the Executive Director of CASA, which runs the annual campaign alongside the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA). “The decision to cancel, although disappointing, wasn’t difficult,” he says. “Safety is our number one priority.”
Canadian Agricultural Safety Week is an annual public education campaign focusing on the importance of safe agriculture. This year, CASW ran from March 15 to 21 and was presented by Farm Credit Canada (FCC). The 2015 theme—“Be the Difference!”—was designed to inspire all Canadians to become farm safety champions through feature champion testimonials, farmer resources and a social media contest.
Over 500 people entered #GrowSafety, a social media contest linked with CASW encouraging participants to identify what precautions they take to promote farm safety. At the end of CASW, two lucky winners from Alberta and Prince Edward Island won 1,000 litres of fuel each courtesy of Imperial and their Esso Branded Resellers.
Alan Hastie is a Canadian Branded Reseller Manager for Imperial and worked with CASA and CFA to support the social media contest. “What is great about CASW is that it isn’t just one event, limited to one location. CASW is national in scope and with the power of social media, has the potential to impact farmers from coast to coast.”
In addition to the social media contest, approximately 1,000 people downloaded farmer resources from the campaign websites. And throughout March, over 4,500 people visited CASA websites. Across the country, 11 events or activities coincided with CASW 2015, including a farm safety workshop presented by Workplace Safety & Prevention Services in Ontario, a moving parts workshops hosted by l’Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) in Quebec, a farm safety business workshop organized by Assiniboine Community College in Manitoba, and the launch of tractor and equipment safety resources from WorkSafeBC, to name a few.
A special thanks to all the CASW 2015 sponsors including the Government of Canada through Growing Forward 2, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative, Farm Credit Canada, Imperial and their Esso Branded Resellers, Ag for Life, Canadian Fertilizer Institute, Dupont Pioneer, Viterra and Brandt. A special thanks as well to launch committee organizers Charlotte Crooks from the PEI Federation of Agriculture and David Powers from Oxford Frozen Foods.
Kids Participate in Safety Days
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® programming is in full swing this year as communities host farm safety educational events for children. Already, over 10,000 children and participants have taken part in the one-day safety events that help children learn how to be safe on the farm. Forty-six Safety Day events have already taken place this spring, with another 27 planned for the remainder of the year.
“Progressive Agriculture Safety Days are an innovative and knowledge-packed way to educate our youth on safety,” says Ashley McCoshen, a Safety Day Coordinator from Saskatchewan. “Our youth are the future and Safety Days give everyone the opportunity to help build a safety culture. The value of these Safety Days is priceless because of the community, school, parental and volunteer involvement.”
Communities that would like to host Safety Days in 2016 can apply online at casa-acsa.ca and click on “Safety Days.” The deadline for applications is July 15, 2015. Safety Day coordinator training is available in both English and French.
Funding Announced for Tractor and Machinery Training Projects
This past February, CASA and Farm Credit Canada (FCC) announced that over $100,000 has been awarded to 11 Canadian organizations undertaking farm safety training projects via the FCC Ag Safety Fund.
The FCC Ag Safety Fund has been providing charitable and non-profit organizations with financial support to deliver community-based farm safety training programs since 2010. This year, training efforts are focused on tractor and machinery training.
“The community-based focus of the FCC Ag Safety Fund addresses farmers’ needs at the grassroots level, creating more buy-in and ownership for safer behaviour,” says Marcel Hacault, Executive Director of CASA.
“We’re pleased to partner with CASA to help make this a reality through the FCC Ag Safety Fund,” says Sophie Perreault, FCC Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Congratulations to recipients! For a full description of 2015–2016 projects, visit casa-acsa.ca/fcc-ag-safety-fund.