April 2016

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Keeping Kids Safe Focus of Ag Safety Week

This March, CASA and CFA launched “Be an AgSafe Family,” a new three-year campaign coinciding with Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW). The campaign, presented by Farm Credit Canada (FCC), focuses on providing safety advice specific to the demographic groups that make up a family farm: children (2016), adults (2017) and seniors (2018).
In 2016, campaign organizers are focusing on “Keeping Kids Safe” by encouraging families to sign a child-parent farm safety contract, build a safe play area for children on the farm, or determine safe agricultural tasks for children. Parents and children can also watch Stop and Ask, a short animated farm safety video that was co-produced by Dow AgroSciences and CASA.
“We believe that we can teach the love of agriculture to our children in a safe and healthy way,” says Marcel Hacault, Executive Director of CASA.
Robin Anderson, Communications Officer with CASA, says the campaign has been a hit on social media. “#AgSafeFamily was trending across Canada during Ag Safety Week. We were also really impressed by the quality of entries to our #AgSafeFamily social media contest.”
Contest participants were asked to share what they do to keep kids and other family members safe on their farm.
“We keep kids safe on the farm by having kid zones by the house,” tweeted @mom2dillon as part of the contest sponsored by Esso and their Esso Branded Resellers.
”We teach our kids to wear protective wear (ear & eye protection & proper clothing) #AgSafeFamily,” tweeted @justcallmedad76.
Over 250 entries were received using the hashtag #AgSafeFamily on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Daily first prizes of 500 litres of fuel were awarded to winners along with secondary prizes worth over $100 that included everything from gift cards to wagons. A grand prize of 1,000 litres of fuel was awarded to Dave Brand of Alberta at the end of the contest.
CASA and CFA also partnered with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services to undertake an Ag Safety Week launch event in the Niagara Region. Twenty-nine participants took part in the farm safety workshop and 33 attended the media launch.
“I was pleased with the level of enthusiasm of participants,” says Glen Blahey, Agricultural Safety and Health Specialist with CASA and workshop instructor.
While CASW and the Be an AgSafe Family campaign ran from March 13 to 19, the resources listed above will be available all year to help farm families stay safe. So browse the resources, download an AgSafe Family Twibbon or Facebook cover, or tweet us at @planfarmsafety and @cfafca using the hashtag #AgSafeFamily. Also, consider becoming an official friend or sponsor of Canadian Agricultural Safety Week next year. For details, contact CASA at 1- 877-452-2272 or or visit
CASW is brought to you by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture with assistance from the Government of Canada through Growing Forward 2, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative. In 2016, CASW partners and sponsors include presenting sponsor Farm Credit Canada, Esso and their Esso Branded Resellers, Fertilizer Canada, Dow AgroSciences, WSPS and Princess Auto.

Save the Date: Conference in PEI to Focus on Child Ag Safety
Planning and preparations for CASA’s 22nd annual farm safety conference and AGM is well underway. “Empowering the AgSafe Family: Keeping Kids Safe” will take place at the Rodd Charlottetown in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island from October 4th to 6th, 2016.
The conference will bring together farmers, safety professionals, equipment manufacturers and researchers to probe the reality and discuss new approaches to improve the safety and health of children and their families in Canada's ag community.
Diane Wreford is the conference organizer for CASA and says there will be something for everyone. “We are lining up some wonderful speakers and workshops on child agricultural safety. There will also be a tour of the potato processing operation at Cavendish Farms,” she says.
There will also be lots of networking built into the conference including the Welcoming Reception Tuesday evening at the Rodd Charlottetown and a Wednesday evening lobster supper in New Glasgow. These social events are included in the conference registration. Conference goers may buy extra tickets for guests.
Register for the conference online beginning in June. CASA members in good standing will receive a discount. In the meantime, you can book your hotel room now at the Rodd. A reduced hotel rate of $145.00 plus taxes for conference attendees will expire Sunday, September 18, 2016. The reduced rates will available three days pre and post conference, as long as the Rodd has rooms available. Stay tuned to for other conference updates.

Princess Auto Raises Funds for Child Safety 

Princess Auto raised $48,156 for child farm safety this past March thanks to the generosity of their customers across Canada. All throughout March, cashiers asked customers to donate a toonie at the till to support Safety Days for children.
“I had the privilege of visiting a number of stores in Ontario and I was so impressed with the enthusiasm of the Princess Auto staff members,” says Liz Ellis Clark, Development Specialist with CASA. “We couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to promote this campaign.”
Monies raised will go towards the cost of running a Safety Day. The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program typically consists of one-day, age-appropriate safety events that help children learn how to be safe on the farm. It's the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America.
This is the first year Princess Auto has fundraised across Canada for CASA. In 2015, Princess Auto ran a similar campaign in Manitoba. A special thank you to Janessa Tolpa at Princess Auto and Diane Wreford with CASA for their work on this great fundraising activity.

Dairy Safety: Online
Do you have employees that could benefit from dairy safety training? Looking to brush up on your own dairy safety skills? You’re in luck. CASA just released an eight-part, online training series for dairy workers. The Dairy Worker Safety Orientation Series covers:
  • Animal handling and health,
  • Chemical safety,
  • Feed handling and storage,
  • General safety,
  • Machinery safety in the field,
  • Milking and chores,
  • Personal protective equipment, and
  • Robotic safety.
Emily Kerr (CHSEP), Safety Advisor for AgSafe (formerly Farm and Rach Safety and Health Association) recently sent CASA a strong endorsement of the course. “The program was laid out in a way that it would be suitable for someone with zero to little dairy experience, but was in-depth enough that an experienced dairy worker would gain insight from it as well,” says Kerr. “I would recommend the program to dairy farm employers as a training tool for new and experience employees. Well done.”
The Dairy Worker Safety Orientation Series is affordable, professional and conveniently available 24 hours a day through CASA’s website. For more information, visit or contact Glen Blahey, Agricultural Safety and Health Specialist, CASA, at or 1- 877-452-2272. Please note, courses available in English only. CASA offers discounts and other services related to bulk online course purchases. Contact CASA for details.

Safety Day Fund
If you are a Safety Day coordinator and would like a little financial help organizing your event, you are in luck! Thanks to the FCC Safety Day Coordinator Fund, coordinators can apply for up to $1,500 to help cover some of their operational costs. Eligible expenses include: snacks and lunches for participants, venue rental, public address system rental, travel expenses for presenters and training resource rental and/or shipping. Applicants must be registered with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation to host a Safety Day or Safety Days in 2016. The Safety Day must have an agricultural focus and must be taking place in Canada. Ineligible expenses include: meals and mileage for planning committee members, participant giveaways, speaker gifts/honorariums, student transport and Safety Day beads.
This is the second year that this fund has been available. Last year, 42 coordinators from across Canada applied for funding and CASA distributed over $45,000 to applicants. A special thank you to Farm Credit Canada for supporting this fund. To apply for funding, contact Christine at or 1- 877-452-2272.

Hey Good Lookin'
CASA members and supporters will have to excuse CASA as we freshen up. Over the next several months, CASA will be undergoing a brand refresh and website redevelopment project that will enable us to better align all of the parts of CASA that make us tick, communicate who we are as an organization, and more closely reflect what we do every day to improve safety in the Canadian agricultural sector. Our name won't be changing, but we'll look a little different, and by the time we are through, members and supporters will have an easier time accessing resources, managing their memberships, and navigating their way through our website. Stakeholder engagement will be part of our renewal process, so CASA members, stay tuned to your inboxes for a survey as we will be seeking your input as we move forward. Questions? Contact Michelle.
Secret Admirer
CASA works with so many great sponsors and partners that we wanted to take a moment to thank them for their support in 2015–2016. We couldn’t do it without you! Check out our sponsorship recognition page so you can admire them too!
The following is a list of upcoming activities at CASA. Get your calendars out!

June 2016
The International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) annual conference “Call to the Post: Winning the Race for Agricultural Safety & Health” will be held from June 26 to 30, 2016 in Lexington, Kentucky. Our southern neighbours always put on a smashing conference. It’s not one to miss. Early bird prices in effect until May 15, 2016. Visit to register.

July 2016
July 15, 2016 is the deadline to apply to host a Safety Day in 2017. Visit for more information.

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 significantly reduced conference price. To find out if it’s time for you to renew, contact Liz Ellis Clark at 1- 877-452-2272 or or visit to renew.

October 2016
Save the date 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. CASA will begin taking registrations online in June. Stay tuned to for conference updates.
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