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Cana­dian Agri­cul­tura

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This March, the Cana­dian Agri­cul­tural Safety As­so­ci­a­tion, with the Cana­dian Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture is cel­e­brat­ing Cana­dian Agri­cul­tural Safety Week (CASW). This is the sec­ond year of the “Be an AgSafe Fam­ily” theme. In 2017, CASW is “Ap­peal­ing to Adults”. What does that mean? Ap­peal­ing to Adults? Well, sta­tis­tics tell us that each year ap­prox­i­mately 85 Cana­di­ans are killed in an agri­cul­ture-re­lated in­ci­dent. These sta­tis­tics, made available through the Cana­dian Agri­cul­tural In­jury Re­port­ing, give us a snap­shot of what’s killing our farm­ers. Runovers, rollovers and be­ing pinned or struck are the top way Cana­di­ans are dy­ing on farms. What does a death of a farmer mean? How does this im­pact the farm? The fam­ily? The com­mu­nity? The na­tion? First of all, the death of a fam­ily mem­ber is hor­rific. The world stops. Grief, anger, and sad­ness all set in. Hearts are bro­ken and re­la­tion­ships are ended in an in­stant. This is the real emo­tional im­pact of the loss. For your fam­ily, your death means los­ing a lit­tle of them­selves. It means miss­ing those big mo­ments. Wed­dings, births and grad­u­a­tions. It also means miss­ing those lit­tle mo­ments. Morn­ing cof­fee around the kitchen ta­ble, truck rides to check the crops, and laugh­ter around a bon­fire. The emo­tional im­pact of a death due to a farm-re­lated in­ci­dent has real con­se­quences for the peo­ple left be­hind. Sec­ond, to your farm, your death could mean the end of your op­er­a­tion. Dol­lar-wise, the es­ti­mated eco­nomic im­pact to the farm is around $275,000. Can your farm ab­sorb that kind of eco­nomic im­pact? Do you have al­most $300k in the bank, in cash, to cover the cost of your death? Then what? Do you have a plan in place in case the un­think­able hap­pens? Who takes your crop off? Who fixes your ma­chines? Who plans the fu­ture of your farm? The cost of a death due to an agri­cul­ture-re­lated in­ci­dent doesn’t stop there at the gates of the farm.

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