Projects wrap up, new round of funding begins
September 6, 2012, Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is partnering with Farm Credit Canada (FCC) to make farm communities safer through the FCC Ag Safety Fund.
CASA will be accepting applications for the third consecutive year from charitable and non-profit organizations that need support to deliver various farm safety training programs in their communities or across Canada. Approximately $100,000 will be distributed among successful applicants.
Applications to the FCC Ag Safety Fund will be accepted online from September 13, 2012 through to October 25, 2012.
“There are many training tools out there that can help make farming safer,” says Marcel Hacault, Executive Director of CASA. “The goal of this fund is to make sure that we’re putting those tools in the hands of the people who need it. Communities or groups that apply for funding have an opportunity to make their communities a safer place to live, work and play – on and off the farm. So, we encourage them to look at the risks that exist in their communities and propose solutions through education and training.”
Past FCC Ag Safety Fund recipients have provided – or are continuing to provide – training on topics such as safe livestock handling; road safety; safe ATV use; wellness through sleep pattern education; snake, bear and tick safety; and farm safety planning through the Canada FarmSafe Plan.
“We’re committed to helping Canadian producers stay safe at work,” says Rémi Lemoine, FCC Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. “As the world population continues to grow, and the demand for food increases, education and training in agricultural safety is definitely a step in the right direction. Never has Canadian agriculture mattered more to Canada and the world, and the FCC Ag Safety Fund is one way we support the producers who ensure our industry’s long-term success. I encourage all who are interested to apply.”
To read more about past recipients of the FCC Ag Safety Fund, browse the media kit below.
Applicants proposing projects with a local or provincial scope are eligible to receive a maximum of $10,000. Applicants proposing projects with a national scope are eligible to receive a maximum of $25,000. Projects must be completed by December 2014. Only online applications will be accepted. Successful applicants will be notified in early 2013. For more details, visit www.casa-acsa.ca/fcc-ag-safety-fund.
The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is a national, non-profit organization promoting farm safety in the agricultural sector. CASA’s vision is a country where no one is hurt farming and CASA is working with partners in government, business, and farming organizations across the country to support initiatives that equip producers, their families and their workers with the information and tools needed to make farms a safe place to live, work and play. CASA is funded primarily through Growing Forward, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative.
FCC is one of Imagine Canada’s Caring Companies and gives one per cent of its profits to charities and non-profit organizations. As Canada’s leading agriculture lender, FCC is advancing the business of agriculture. With a healthy portfolio of more than $23 billion and 19 consecutive years of portfolio growth, FCC is strong and stable – committed to serving the industry through all cycles. FCC provides financing, insurance, software, learning programs and other business services to producers, agribusinesses and agri-food operations. FCC employees are passionate about agriculture and committed to the success of customers and the industry. For more information, visit www.fcc.ca.
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For more information, contact:
Michelle French Lancaster
Farm Credit Canada
Eva Larouche (bilingual)
Farm Credit Canada