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December 2014
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The following is a list of upcoming activities at CASA. Get your calendars out!

January 2014
Late January: Back to Ag recipients announced.

February 2014
Mid February: FCC Ag Safety Fund recipients announced.

March 2014

March 15-21: Canadian Agricultural Safety Week 2015 
FCC Ag Safety Fund Update

 
This past fall, CASA partnered once again with Farm Credit Canada to announce the call for applications for the 2015-2016 Ag Safety Fund. The 2015-2016 fund focuses on offering grants to organizations that will deliver tractor and machinery safety in a community setting to Canadian farmers and farm workers. 

The fund, now in its fifth year, has provided over $400,000 to charitable and non-profit organizations to deliver farm safety training programs in their communities or within the agricultural sector. This year, $100,000 will be awarded to successful applicants.

Successful applicants and projects will be announced in February 2015. For more information about the FCC Ag Safety Fund, please visit casa-acsa.ca/fcc-ag-safety-fund.


 

UPDATE

 
This last fall, CASA, in partnership with Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) announced the call for applications for the Back to Ag Program.  The Back to Ag Program will provide up to $10,000 to a successful applicant to support the cost of adaptive technology for farmers and agricultural workers who have experienced a traumatic injury.

To kick-start the program, FCC donated $100,000 to the Back to Ag Program following a successful two-week social media campaign last spring  Individuals and other organizations also donated to the Back to Ag Program through both the RHF and the FarmSafe Foundation.

Successful applicants will be notified in January. For more information about the Back to Ag Program, please visit casa-acsa.ca/Back_To_Ag_Program.


 

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) in partnership with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation (PAF) is pleased to announce that over 100,000 participants have taken part in Progressive Agriculture Safety Days since the program began in 2002.

Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® are held across the United States and Canada every year in rural communities. In 2014, 78 safety days were held in Canada. Safety Day events are community-driven, hands-on events that teach rural children about safety. Topics include tractor and machinery safety, fire safety and disability awareness.

For more information about the Progressive Agriculture Safety Days and how to hold one in your community or how your organization can help, please visit casa-acsa.ca and click on Safety Days.
In October, CASA celebrated its 20th Annual Conference in Ottawa. Approximately 70 producers, farm safety professionals, agri-business representatives, farm advocates and government representatives attended sessions focusing on farm safety strategies from the perspectives of farmers, agri-business and government. 

The conference was a great success and CASA is please to announce that next year's conference will be in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Watch for more details on casa-acsa.ca
From all the Staff at CASA, we wish you and yours the very best this holiday season. 

May 2015 find you happy, healthy and safe.

Happy Holidays!

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:
 
  • 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!)
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.

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 info@casa-acsa.ca. To you and yours, have a safe and happy holiday season.

Sincerely,

Dean Anderson
CASA Chair


 

Be the Difference! Canadian Agricultural Safety Week 2015 to launch in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 


The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, along with the Federation of Agriculture (CFA) are excited to announce that the Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW) will be held from March 15th to 21st, 2015. This year, CASA and CFA are celebrating "Be the Difference!" presented by Farm Credit Canada. "Be the Difference!" encourages individuals, organizations and communities to be the difference and make Canada's farms a safe place to work and live. For more information, please visit agsafetyweek.ca and watch for updates to the Media Kit, Events and Contest!

The FarmSafe Foundation

 
The FarmSafe Foundation is a registered Canadian charity supporting the initiatives of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association.Donations help prevent injuries one child at a time through Safety Days; help farmers manage safety risks through safety training and tools and relieve conditions associated with disability through the Back to Ag Program.

For more information about The FarmSafe Foundation and how to contribute, please visit 
canadahelps.org/en/charities/farmsafe-foundation/.

 

CASA's Annual Report Now Available Online


CASA's 2013-2014 Annual Report "Harvesting Change" is now availble on CASA's website casa-acsa.ca. This year's annual report features information on Progressive Agriculture Safety Days, FCC Ag Safety Fund, University of Manitoba Farm Safety Plan Course, Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, safety tools, Canadian Standards Association Agricultural Machinery Technical Committee and what CASA is planning for 2015. 

 

Call for Abstracts

 
Submission Deadline:
January 16, 2015
 
The International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) invites abstract submissions for the 2015 Annual Conference to be held at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Normal, Illinois. The theme for 2015 is “Making Ag Safety and Health the New Normal”. Abstracts are accepted in the following categories:
 
  1. Oral presentations and research in progress presentations
  2. Poster presentations (which include research and program posters)
  3. Educational displays (which include panel/roundtables or program presentations)
 For more information please visit isash.org.
 
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