September 2011 

Join In!

CASA will hold its annual conference in Vancouver, BC, November 16-18, 2011. The conference theme is PLAN.FARM.SAFETY. - checking the plan! Everyone involved in farm safety in Canada - professionals, researchers, producers, suppliers and manufacturers - is invited to share solutions for positive transformation within Canada's ag safety culture. There will be workshops, tours and presentations. Register today!

Now Online

Check out CASA’s re-designed website at  We weeded out some of the cumbersome sections on our old site and updated and added even more information.  We hope we’ve made it easier to find what you didn’t even know you were looking for!  Let us know how we did.  It’s always a work in progress.  Email

Hello, Farewell

Tara Seel joined the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association May 16 in the new position of Communications Officer.  
Tara comes to CASA from the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, where she worked as the publicist, promoting the not-for-profit regional theatre in Manitoba and throughout the country.  
Before joining MTC, Tara served as the editor of The Daily Graphic and Central Plains Herald-Leader in Portage la Prairie.  At the newspaper, Tara researched and wrote many articles, features and editorials about agriculture and rural life, and had the privilege to speak with many producers about their concerns.
“I am looking forward to working with the dedicated people in ag safety across Canada who help farmers manage risks,” says Tara.
As Tara joins CASA, David Vielfaure leaves for an exciting new career opportunity with the provincial government in Manitoba. His last day at CASA was May 27. He is missed, but we wish him the best of luck! 
CASA develops Canada FarmSafe - the first of its kind in Canada

Most Canadian farmers say safety is a top business priority, but only one in six has a safety plan. 
Marcel Hacault, executive director of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), says, “When a recent Farm Credit Canada survey of farmers turned up that fact, we knew we had to build a tool to improve the safety record on Canada’s farms. We developed Canada FarmSafe - a process to help farmers manage safety and health on their operations, no matter the size, location or farm type.”
CASA’s agricultural health and safety specialist Glen Blahey led the development of Canada FarmSafe.  “Canada FarmSafe goes way beyond hazard assessment check lists," he says.

Lights, camera, action … award!

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association’s video PLAN.FARM.SAFETY., funded by Farm Credit Canada, won a 2011 Communicator Award in June and is being screened at the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Turkey as it is in competition for awards.

The Communicator Awards is a leading international awards program honouring creative excellence for Communications professionals. The Communicator Awards receives more than 6,000 entries per year, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. The awards program is sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts.

CASA’s entry is a video showcasing the value of safety on farms, focusing on augers, ROPS, chemicals and safety plans.  What makes this video unique is the theory behind it – rather than scaring farmers into practising safety, this video uses positive messaging to show viewers the value and the benefits of behaving safely while on the farm.

Harvey Wolfe of cause and effect communications produced and directed the video with the assistance of ag safety professionals and farmers across the country. CASA’s Agriculture Health and Safety Specialist, Glen Blahey, oversaw the safety messaging of the video.

“We took a departure from the beaten path in the creation of this video,” explains the director. “We reinforced safety messaging with positive emotional content, something that was supported by both CASA and Farm Credit Canada. As a result, the piece is being recognized internationally, and we are thrilled!”

This approach is based on the Science of the Positive developed by Jeff Linkenbach of the Montana Institute.  Jeff has presented several times at recent CASA conferences.  As has Harvey.  In Winnipeg in 2010, Harvey led a workshop showcasing the methodology behind the Science of the Positive.

PLAN.FARM.SAFETY. is available as a Vimeo download on CASA’s website at or in short segments on YouTube.  Check here:  Test it out and use it as often as you can to promote and teach farm safety.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this video a winner:
Jeff Ferguson, Ferguson Bros of St. Thomas
Mark Grafton, Bar K Ranch
Andrew Nagelhout, Nagel Haven Farms
Hubert Pruen, Pruen Farms
Rob Parmeter, Canadale Nurseries
Glen Blahey, Canadian Agricultural Safety Association
Reg Steward, Farm and Ranch Safety and Health Association
Steve Zronik, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

CASA funds projects across Canada

Toolbox talks, travelling safety days, Danger Detective on the Horse Farm and Nova Scotia’s farm safety outreach initiative are among 11 projects receiving funding this year from the Canadian Agricultural Safety and Health Program (CASHP) administered by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA).

CASA will distribute almost $200,000 to develop or deliver four national and seven provincial agricultural safety projects from BC to Nova Scotia.

CASHP’s advisory committee annually allocates funds provided under Growing Forward, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative, to qualified groups who submit applications according to deadlines set by CASA.

Marcel Hacault, CASA’s executive director, explains that “CASHP assists in funding initiatives that can help producers, their employees and families identify and manage safety risks.”  He says, “We annually look for projects that have the potential to advance CASA’s vision of a Canada where no one is hurt farming.”

For a complete list of the 2011 projects, check out Project Grants at

CASA receives funding from Public Health Agency of Canada
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) provided funding under its Healthy Living Program this spring to support development of a train-the-trainer manual for training Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® co-ordinators. The process involved preliminary consultations with representatives of First Nations communities to adapt the training material to meet their needs. 

Since 2002, CASA has worked with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation (PAF) to support the delivery of Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® across Canada.

The Safety Day model has been successfully delivered by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives staff at Waywayseecappo First Nation located 20 miles (32 km) east of Russell in Manitoba, Canada.

Anecdotal feedback from the Waywayseecappo Safety Day was very positive. Their Safety Day showcased First Nations resources, positive role modelling, and community engagement. Feedback from the trained co-ordinators shows Safety Day modules are easily adapted for different audiences, including First Nations.

Currently the delivery of Safety Days on First Nations is conducted by non-First Nation people. The biggest challenge in delivering this vital program is the provision of culturally appropriate training for First Nations co-ordinators.

First, however, a guide must be developed for the current co-ordinator training course, and that’s what this recently received PHAC grant allowed. Susan Reynolds, Executive Director of Programs for the Progressive Agriculture Foundation; along with Leanne Tibbatts, Rural Leadership Specialist, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives; and Arlene Griffiths, Health Canada at Waywayseecappo First Nation worked on the project. CASA provided logisticaland technical support, translation, and distribution of the final product.

Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® under way   
Fifty-three Progressive Agriculture Safety Days are taking place across rural Canada this year. More than 2,500 adult volunteers will organize the events and lead activities to help make farm and ranch life safer and healthier for at least 10,500 rural kids.

“That’s an increase of full-day events, more than 800 more volunteers and best of all – 4,000 more kids than in 2010,” says Marcel Hacault, Executive Director of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA).

CASA provides logistical support for Safety Days across the country, and this year is pleased to welcome a new corporate sponsor, Cargill Limited. “Cargill has provided core support for seven Safety Days in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario,” says Hacault.

For a list of 2011 Progressive Agriculture Safety Days in Canada, go to the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day section at

The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program is the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America and a program of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation, whose mission is to provide education and training to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for children and their communities.

New DVD from SK Farmers with Disabilities
The Farmers with Disabilities program in Saskatchewan marked its 25thanniversary with a documentary featuring the personal stories of four farmers with disabilities. 

The documentary chronicles the lives of each farmer, including details of their life-changing incident and recovery.  Each tells of the challenges he and his family face as they continue to farm with a disability.

Bill Thibodeau of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council says the documentary “is well suited for a variety of audiences”.  Contact Bill if you’d like a free copy – (306) 374-4448

Through the 2009-10 CASHP program, CASA contributed $26,000 to assist in producing the new DVD. 

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