OLDS, AB, Feb. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Agricultural Safety
Association (CASA) and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) are
pleased to announce they will be launching Canadian Agricultural Safety
Week (CASW) in Olds, Alberta this year.
CASW is a national, public education campaign focusing on the importance
of safe agriculture. The campaign takes place every year in the third
week of March. This year, the theme for CASW is "Let's Talk About
It!"—which encourages producers to engage in conversations about
On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, CASA and CFA are teaming up with Ag for Life
and Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) to host Let's Talk
About It! launch activities including a luncheon with speeches from
farm safety champions and testimonials from Alberta farmers, and a
half-day training session on best practices in safety orientation for
seasonal and migrant workers. Both events are free to the public.
"These launch activities reinforce the theme of Canadian Agricultural
Safety Week—"Let's Talk About It!"—by showcasing producers who have
lived through injuries or are making innovations for safety on their
farm, as well as offering training on how to talk about safety with new
workers," says Marcel Hacault, Executive Director of CASA.
"Agriculture is the second largest industry in Alberta and an important
part of our way of life, so we see the safety of all those involved as
a high priority," says David Sprague, CEO of Ag for Life. "Encouraging
our farm families and communities to talk about safety during CASW is a
great way to raise the awareness of keeping everyone safe; that's why
we'll be hosting three youth Safety Days, in Iron Springs, Olds and
Grande Prairie in support of CASW. We encourage all those who share our
goal of safety to join us."
Humphrey Banack sits on the board of the Alberta Federation of
Agriculture and is the Vice-President of CFA and will speak at the
launch about his experience implementing a health and safety plan on
his farm as part of an ARD pilot project supported by CASA. "Terry and
I are looking forward to sharing the process we went through of putting
safety measures in place on our farm. We hope to provide a practical
approach to farm safety and look forward to discussing what works and
what doesn't with those at the launch."
"Ensuring the safety of seasonal and other temporary foreign workers may
offer some unique challenges to employers due to language barriers and
differences in farming techniques between here in Canada and their home
country," says Alan Dooley, Agriculture Recruitment Specialist with
To learn more or register: www.agsafetyweek.ca.
CASW partners/sponsors include the Government of Canada through Growing Forward 2, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative, Farm Credit Canada,
Ag for Life, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, CHS, Imperial
Oil and Pioneer Hi-Bred Limited.
Image with caption: "CASW partners/sponsors include the Government of Canada through Growing Forward 2, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative, Farm Credit Canada, Ag for Life, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, CHS, Imperial Oil and Pioneer Hi-Bred Limited. (CNW Group/Canadian Agricultural Safety Association)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140227_C8058_PHOTO_EN_37324.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Agricultural Safety Association
For further information:
Michelle French Lancaster, CASA Communications, 1-877-452-2272; firstname.lastname@example.org