Greetings from the Chair
First of all, let me take this opportunity to thank you for your support of CASA and farm safety throughout the last year. It has been a productive, exciting year and we are looking forward to 2015. This last year was full of milestones, growth and challenges for CASA.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada renewed its investment in farm safety and in CASA, with a $3.28 million five-year investment in February. This ensures CASA’s financial stability until 2018 with additional support of CASA partners across the agricultural industry.
CASA continues to partner with communities through a variety of initiatives including funding training, getting injured farmers back to the farm and supporting Progressive Agriculture Safety Days®.
Through the FCC Ag Safety Fund, ten different training projects were approved to deliver $100,000 worth of farm safety training to communities across Canada.
CASA, along with Farm Credit Canada and the Rick Hansen Foundation introduced the Back to Ag Program, an initiative aimed at getting injured farmers back to the farm through the use of adaptive technology.
And Progressive Agriculture Safety Days reached a major milestone this year! Over 100,000 Canadian participants have taken part of a Safety Day since they began in 2002.
Our flagship communications event, Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, was launched in Olds, Alberta on March 11, 2014 under the theme “Let’s Talk About It!”. The event launch featured farm safety champions and testimonials from injured farmers. The week generated over 436 stories with a reach of over nine million in March alone.
Our social media presence continues to grow; we are becoming more active on Twitter and Facebook, allowing us to reach out to more farmers, youth, community leaders, Safety Day coordinators, agri-businesses and safety professionals.
CASA also celebrated our 20th Annual Conference in the nation’s capital, Ottawa in October. We gathered government, agri-business, safety professionals, researchers, suppliers, manufacturers and producers to celebrate how far farm safety has come and are collectively reinvigorated for the next 20 years!
2015 is shaping up to be busy, challenging and exciting as well! CASA’s 2015 activities will continue to be diverse and embrace the changing face of agriculture in Canada. Some of our initiatives include:
CASA continues to grow its collaboration and partnerships. We are proud to be working with Farm Credit Canada, the Progressive Agriculture Foundation and many others. We continue to seek out new opportunites to collaborate in making Canadian farms safer for our producers, their workers and their families.
- Canadian Agricultural Safety Week 2015 Launch in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island under the theme “Be the Difference!”.
- The Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting (CAIR) report expected in the summer of 2015.
- Continued work with both the FCC Ag Safety Fund and the Back to Ag Program
- CASA’s 21st Annual Conference, which will be held in the heart of the prairies, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on October 7-9th, 2015. (Mark your calendars!)
As the year draws to a close, I'd like to remind you that it is charitable tax season. My personal challenge to you is to donate to the FarmSafe Foundation and ask your family, friends and coworkers to do the same. The FarmSafe Foundation supports CASA's farm safety initiatives across Canada. Each dollar helps to develop safety training for farmers, or gets an injured farmer Back to Ag or helps children access farm safety initiatives. I ask you to please visit canadahelps.org/en/charities/farmsafe-foundation and Donate Now.
On behalf of the Board and staff of CASA, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members, partners and supporters for continuing to make farm safety a priority. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter @planfarmsafety and Instagram or contact us at email@example.com. To you and yours, have a safe and happy holiday season.