June 2014
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CASA Conference
The 20th annual Canadian Agricultural Safety Association national farm safety conference and AGM is fast-approaching, happening from October 7th to 9th, 2014. To celebrate the conference's 20th anniversary, we're headed to the nation's capital, Ottawa, Ontario at the Lord Elgin Hotel.
 
This year's theme is "Let's Talk About It! 20 Years of Farm Safety Excellence + Beyond." While everyone can agree that farm safety is an important issue that deserves to be addressed, sometimes it can be hard to talk about. “Let’s Talk About It!” will feature CBC Radio’s Terry O’Reilly as keynote speaker Thursday morning. He’ll be talking on the power of emotion in marketing, followed by a question and answer session.

About 70 people attended the 2013 convention in Quebec City, and we’re looking forward to another strong turnout for our 20th anniversary. Keep an eye out for the conference website’s launch and conference registration starting in July.
Calendar
The following is a list of upcoming activities at CASA. Get your calendars out!

July 2014
The deadline to apply to host a 2015 Progressive Agriculture Safety Day
® is July 15, 2014. Visit casa-acsa.ca and click on Safety Days to find out more. 

August 2014
Attention CASA members, it's time to renew your membership. Renew by August 31, 2014 to remain a member in good standing. Visit casa-acsa.ca to renew or look for membership letters starting in July.

September 2014
Apply for funding through the FCC Ag Safety Fund. Submissions will be accepted from September 22 to October 27, 2014. Watch casa-acsa.ca for more details. 

October 2014
CASA's 20th annual conference and AGM will be held in Ottawa, Ontario from October 7 to 9, 2014. Board elections will be taking place. Check casa-acsa.ca for updates.
CASA welcomed three new staff members this spring and said a temporary goodbye to one staff member. 

Liz Ellis Clark is CASA's new Development Officer. Liz brings with her over 20 years of experience in sales, training, business analysis and customer relationship management in the areas of information technology, health, finance, insurance, oil and gas and now agricultural safety. Liz has experience working in Calgary, Toronto and here in her hometown of Winnipeg. She previously held positions with the Kidney Foundation of Canada and at the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation. Liz has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba. Welcome Liz!

CASA said a temporary goodbye to Michelle French Lancaster in May. Michelle is on leave this next year as she and her husband welcome their first child. Congratulations Michelle! 

Robin Anderson joined CASA in April as the interim replacement for Michelle in the Communications Officer role. Robin comes to CASA from Saskatchewan via Moncton, New Brunswick. Robin has a background in insurance, health and athletics. She has held positions at Medavie Blue Cross, Moncton 2010 IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships, the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region and was a safety presenter for the Saskatchewan Safety Council's Power Pac team. Robin is a self-proclaimed farm girl, growing up in rural Saskatchewan. Robin has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan. Welcome Robin!

Dustin Pernitsky is CASA's summer intern. Dustin will be entering his final year at Red River College's Creative Communications program in the fall. Dustin holds the volunteer position of Director of Public Relations for the Midget Football League of Manitoba and is a contributor to The Projector, Red River College's newspaper. In addition to his internship at CASA, Dustin works at Boston Pizza and also interns for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on game days. Dustin holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba. Welcome Dustin!

 Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® 

Over 15,000 participants are expected to take part in this year's Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® events across Canada. This is the largest number of participants since the introduction of Safety Day events in Canada in 2002.

Safety Day programming provides training and resources for communities to conduct one-day farm safety and health programs designed for rural children. Safety day topics are chosen by the host communities and encompass different topics like ATV, farm equipment, wildlife, chemical, bicycle, grain and roadway safety.

A successful Safety Day doesn't just happen by itself. Communities have to work together to host a successful Safety Day and leading every local organizing committee is a volunteer coordinator. Leanne Tibbatts, Rural Leadership Specialist for Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD), has been that coordinator 16 times.

"[If] you ask me [for a] word of advice for somebody who's interested [in Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® events], it would be 'get involved'. Just take the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® training, [CASA and the Progressive Agriculture Foundation] have phenomenal resources and information that will help new coordinators to get started. It's a wonderful program and I can't say enough about how valuable it has been offering farm Safety Day events in rural Manitoba."

Communities that would like to host a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® in 2015 can apply online at casa-acsa.ca and click on Safety Days. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2014. Safety Day coordinator training is available in both official languages. For a list of 2014 Safety Day events in Canada visit casa-acsa.ca.


  Back to Ag Program       

CASA, with the support of Farm Credit Canada and the Rick Hansen Foundation is launching a new program focused on supporting the cost of adaptive technology for farmers or agricultural workers that have experienced a traumatic injury.

FCC will donate up to $100,000 to the Back to Ag program following a successful social media campaign that encouraged social media users to like and share posts on Facebook and use the hashtag #BacktoAg on Twitter.

Every year, Canadian farmers and agricultural workers experience life-altering injuries, such as paralysis or lost limbs. CASA will manage the Back to Ag Program, which will allow injured farmers and agricultural workers to apply for funding to use towards the purchase of adaptive technology or towards the cost of the adaptation of existing equipment that will help them return to the agricultural workplace. 

Injury prevention is the best way to keep farmers and farm workers safe, however the Back to Ag Program will help those already hurt. The Back to Ag program aims to help injured farmers return to farming in a safe manner. 

The Back to Ag Program will launch October 8th, 2014, to coincide with CASA's annual conference. Applications will be accepted until November 28th, 2014. For more information on the Back to Ag Program, please view the FAQs or contact CASA at BackToAg@casa-acsa.ca.


 

 FCC Ag Safety Fund     

In April, CASA and Farm Credit Canada announced the recipients of 2014's FCC Ag Safety Fund. This is the fourth year CASA and FCC have teamed up to fund farm safety projects across the country. Approximately $100,000 was awarded to 10 recipients representing a wide variety of farm safety initiatives designed to make farms across Canada safer places to live, work and play.

CASA and FCC would like to congratulate the 2014 FCC Ag Safety Fund recipients! This year's crop of safety projects addresses safety concerns across the country. Projects range from training on farmer-bear conflicts in southwestern Alberta to training sessions on grain bin entrapment rescue in Nova Scotia. Initiatives will show farmers in Quebec how to safely fell trees, educate workers in Prince Edward Island on the need for safe work practices in milk houses and teach youth in Manitoba safe farming practices. The Canadian Farmers with Disabilities Registry developed a national, train-the-trainer program with the potential to improve safe working conditions for farm workers across Canada. 

The full list of projects being funded and an overview of what they are working on can be found here.


    Dress for Success       

CASA and Syngenta are teaming up to provide education resources on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and pesticide safety by providing resources to help farm workers "Dress for Success". 

While pesticides are necessary to get rid of harmful insects, it's important to take proper care when using them. CASA and Syngenta are pleased to offer "Dress for Success" materials designed to promote the safe use of pesticides during the busy growing season to help protect producers, farm workers and the general public. The materials show the importance of reading and understanding pesticide labels, the proper way to select, use, maintain, store and dispose of PPE, what to do in case of old or faulty PPE and how to handle uncomfortable PPE.

The "Dress for Success" materials include a brochure (available in French and English) and an instructional video (English only). Watch the video or download the brochure at casa-acsa.ca/dressforsuccess or syngenta.ca/stewardship.


 

Canadian Agricultural Safety Week 

The launch of the 2014 Canadian Agricultural Safety Week was attended by more than 40 people in Olds, Alberta on March 11, 2014. This year's CASW theme was "Let's Talk About It!"

The launch featured speeches from farm safety champions and testimonials from Alberta farmers. Ray Murphy, a livestock producer who was partially paralyzed after a run-in with a bull, spoke about the importance of taking the necessary precautions when dealing with live animals. His story serves as a reminder that while there is "life after an injury", these incidents can be prevented.

Humphrey and Terry Banack, grain and oil seed producers, also spoke. The couple is involved with an Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ADR) program to put a written health and safety plan in place on their farm. 

A training session with presentations from ADR and CASA followed the launch. In keeping with this year's theme, "Let's Talk About It", the training session focused on best practices in safety orientation for seasonal and migrant workers. 

A full list of CASW producer tools, including the Farm Talk Series and Toolbox Talks can be found on the CASW website at agsafetyweek.ca

CASA would like to thank all of our partners who made this year's Canadian Agriculture Safety Week possible, as well as everyone that came to the launch event in Olds.

We're already looking forward to the 2015 Canadian Agricultural Safety Week! The theme of CASW 2015 is "Be the Difference!". After encouraging farm owners to develop a safety plan in 2013 and promoting stronger communication between farm owners and workers in 2014, next year will see CASA and our partners challenge all those involved in the agricultural industry to "Be the Difference!" by being farm safety champions. The 2015 CASW will be held from March 15 to 21, 2015.


 
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