Cel­e­brate Cana­dian Agri­cul­tural Safety Week by sup­port­ing se­niors

The Drumheller Mail - - AGSAFE FAMILY - Sub­mit­ted The Drumheller Mail

This March, the Cana­dian Agri­cul­tural Safety As­so­ci­a­tion (CASA), the Cana­dian Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture (CFA) and pre­sent­ing spon­sor Farm Credit Canada (FCC) are en­cour­ag­ing all Cana­di­ans to be part of the AgSafe Fam­ily this Cana­dian Agri­cul­tural Safety Week (CASW).

Cana­dian Agri­cul­tural Safety Week is an an­nual public aware­ness cam­paign fo­cus­ing on the im­por­tance of safe agri­cul­ture. In 2018 or­ga­niz­ers are fo­cus­ing on sup­port­ing se­nior farm­ers through re­sources, safety ad­vice ar­ti­cles, in­fo­graph­ics, and more.

This is the last year of the Be an AgSafe Fam­ily CASW cam­paign that fo­cused on chil­dren (2016), adults (2017) and now in 2018, se­niors.

“Cana­dian Ag Safety Week re­ally asks farm fam­i­lies to have con­ver­sa­tions about safety,” says Mar­cel Ha­cault, CASA’s Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor. “Every­one has a role on the farm, the AgSafe fam­ily is a team, and every­one can con­trib­ute in a safe and pro­duc­tive way.”

As a part of CASW, or­ga­niz­ers have pro­duced a num­ber of re­sources fo­cus­ing on se­nior pro­duc­ers in­clud­ing in­fo­graph­ics, and a se­ries on men­tal well-be­ing. 2018 also marks the sec­ond year of the AgSafe Rib­bon cam­paign. The AgSafe Rib­bon cam­paign cel­e­brates the AgSafe Fam­ily and raises aware­ness about the im­por­tance of farm safety.

“The farm fam­ily is the most im­por­tant sup­port group in terms of keep­ing each other safe. By hav­ing the whole fam­ily work to­gether and en­sur­ing that every­one keeps safety in mind, we can help pre­vent farm ac­ci­dents from hap­pen­ing,” says Ron Bon­nett, Pres­i­dent of the Cana­dian Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture. “Rais­ing aware­ness through ini­tia­tives like the rib­bon cam­paign will help to keep safety on the top of every­one’s minds while they are out in the fields.”

Farm Credit Canada is a long-time sup­porter of CASW and other farm safety pro­grams, in­clud­ing the Safety Day Co­or­di­na­tor fund that pro­vides sup­port to com­mu­ni­ties that host safety day events for chil­dren.

“Safety on the farm doesn’t just hap­pen; it’s a re­sult of hard work by in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions, gov­ern­ment, in­dus­try ad­vo­cates and of course farm­ers,” says Michael Hof­fort, FCC pres­i­dent and CEO. “That’s why we’re proud to sup­port Cana­dian Agri­cul­tural Safety Week and to part­ner with CASA. It pro­vides the in­for­ma­tion and re­sources pro­duc­ers need to make farms safer for every­one, in­clud­ing chil­dren and also se­niors, many of whom are ac­tive farm op­er­a­tors.”

For more de­tails on Cana­dian Agri­cul­tural Safety week visit agsafe­ty­week.ca. Cana­dian Agri­cul­tural Safety Week takes place ev­ery year dur­ing the third week of March.

Cana­dian Agri­cul­tural Safety Week 2018 runs from March 11-17.

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