OTTAWA, Feb. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - This March, the Canadian Agricultural
Safety Association (CASA) and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture
(CFA) are encouraging producers to talk about farm safety as part of
Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW), which runs from March 9 to
CASW is an annual public education campaign focusing on the importance
of safe agriculture. The 2014 theme is "Let's Talk About It!"
"This year we are showcasing stories of producers who have experienced
injuries or who have made innovations for safety on their farm, and
we're putting these stories to video as part of our Let's Talk About
It! Video Series to help get the word out in a new way," says Marcel
Hacault, Executive Director of CASA. "We've also developed resources
for farmers that will help them conduct safety meetings and explore
topics like talking to your kids around safety or overcoming language
and cultural barriers with migrant workers," he adds. "The idea is to
get people talking about farm safety as a first step towards a safer,
more successful farm."
"It's human nature to think 'it won't happen to me,' but unfortunately
it can, especially if we continue on with this approach. Taking
preventative, proactive measures is one of the best things we can do
for our farm and workers. We hope that through safety week and through
hearing from other farmers about their experiences, we shed some light
on the necessity of farm safety and practical ways to make it happen on
the farm," says CFA President Ron Bonnett.
"In our fast-paced industry, it's important to take the time to think
about the safety and well-being of the people who grow our food," says
Remi Lemoine, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at FCC. "We're
committed to helping Canadian producers stay safe at work, and
encourage thoughtful planning through written health and safety plans."
As part of CASW, CASA and CFA are also working with Ag for Life and
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development to host Let's Talk About It!
launch activities in Olds, Alberta on March 11th, 2014.
"Agriculture in Alberta is not only a significant economic driver, it's
a way of life," says David Sprague, CEO of Agriculture for Life. "Ag
for Life and its founders support the well-being of this industry by
providing farm and rural safety programming to children, youth and
adults in schools and in their communities. Encouraging our farm
families and communities to talk about safety during Canadian
Agricultural Safety Week is a great way to raise the awareness of
keeping everyone safe and we're honoured to be part of this national
For more information go to 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_C8066_PHOTO_EN_37326.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Agricultural Safety Association
For further information:
Michelle French Lancaster, CASA Communications, 1-877-452-2272; email@example.com