May 2018

View this email in your browser
In this edition: ISASH 2018; BeGrainSafe; Progressive Agriculture Safety Days®; Back to Ag; Annual General Meet Update, and Staff News. 
Join CASA and Farm Safety Nova Scotia for ISASH 2018!

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) in partnership with Farm Safety Nova Scotia is co-hosting the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health's 2018 conference in beautiful Halifax.  For more information and to register: 

Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® 

Over 65 Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® events are taking place across nine provinces in 2018. 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.

We'd like to extend a sincere thank you to BASF, now in their 3rd year of Canadian corporate sponsorship for Progressive Agriculture Safety Days. Special thanks to BASF staff who help the coordinators make their Safety Day a success by volunteering their time!

Remember! If you'd like to host a Safety Day in your community in 2019, don't forget to apply! The application deadline to hold a Safety Day in 2019 is July 15, 2018. 

For more information about Safety Days, visit
BeGrainSafe On The Road

The master firefighter grain rescue training has now launched! The first master training took place in Melville, Saskatchewan in partnership with Parkland College. These Master Trainers will now be able to use their knowledge and expertise to train rural fire departments on grain entrapment rescue procedures. The BeGrainSafe mobile training and demonstration unit will be touring Alberta in May and June, and Saskatchewan and Manitoba in July and August. Follow us on Twitter @planfarmsafety to see where the Mobile Unit will be next! A special and heartfelt thank you to all of the BeGrainSafe sponsors for their increased funding to support the delivery of BeGrainSafe programming. Your dedication and commitment to keep farmers, farm workers and farm families safe is greatly appreciated! 

The BeGrainSafe Program is an initiative of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association and is supported by sponsors and donors. For more information about the BeGrainSafe program, visit
Back To Ag Accepting New Applications
The Back to Ag Program is a granting program focused on supporting the cost of adaptive technology for farmers that have experienced a traumatic injury. The Back to Ag Program is the result of a partnership between the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, Farm Credit Canada and the Rick Hansen Foundation.

CASA is accepting applications for the Back to Ag program for the 2018-19 funding period. Applications are being received on a first come, first serve basis. Applicants must be farmers who have experienced a life-altering incident resulting in a disability. They must demonstrate that the purchase of specialized equipment or the adaptation of existing equipment will help them get back to work on the farm safely.

Apply now.

Annual General Meeting Update

In lieu of an in-person Annual General Meeting, CASA will be hosting a virtual AGM in the autumn of 2018. Agenda items will include resolutions and Board of Director elections. Stay tuned for more information!
Staff News
 CASA has undergone a few staffing changes, please join us in wishing Bobbi Kiesman, Michelle French Lancaster, and Glen Blahey the best in their future endeavors. 
 Bobbi Kiesman
Bobbi started working as an Agricultural Health and Safety Specialist in January 2017, spearheading the BeGrainSafe Program. Her work has helped CASA advance the BeGrainSafe Program, including delivering training to firefighters and bringing awareness to the general public on the dangers of moving grain. Thanks for your service Bobbi! 
Glen Blahey
This past March, CASA bid Glen Blahey, CASA's Agricultural Health and Safety Specialist, a happy retirement! Glen has worked tirelessly advancing farm safety across Canada. CASA would like to thank Glen for his dedication to the safety of farmers, farm families and farm workers. Glen has graciously returned to work for CASA on a contract basis until the position of Agricultural Health and Safety Specialist is filled. Thanks Glen! 
Michelle French Lancaster
As CASA's Media and Communications Specialist, Michelle has been instrumental in CASA's rebranding and website redesign. Michelle's work is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your dedication Michelle!  
Copyright © 2018 Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.