April 19, 2016, Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), in partnership with Farm Credit Canada (FCC), is pleased to announce that 13 community-based farm safety training programs have been awarded funding.

In its sixth year, the FCC Ag Safety Fund is providing financial support to charitable and non-profit organizations across Canada to deliver tractor and machinery training. The FCC Ag Safety Fund has provided over $450,000 since 2010 to support a variety of farm safety training to Canadian farmers.

“We’re committed to our customers’ success in every aspect,” said Sophie Perreault, FCC Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. “That includes helping them and their families stay safe while working on their farm or agribusiness operation. We’re pleased to partner with CASA to promote safety through the FCC Ag Safety Fund.”

“FCC continues to be a great supporter of community-based safety initiatives,” says Marcel Hacault, Executive Director of CASA. “Because of this fund, community-based organizations are able to offer youth, farm owners, farm workers and the general public access to tractor and machinery training.”

The recipients of the 2016-2017 FCC Ag Safety Fund include Farm Management Canada, PEI Federation of Agriculture, L’Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA), Farm Safety Nova Scotia, Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Limited, Alberta Crop Commissions, Workplace Safety and Preventions Services (WSPS), Athabasca District Agricultural Society, Kneehill Adult Learning Society, St. Mary’s Sexsmith School Booster Club, Rochester and District Agricultural Society, and Sexsmith and District Agricultural Society. 12 organizations will receive FCC Ag Safety Fund support in five provinces. For a full list and description of projects funded in 2016–2017, visit: www.casa-acsa.ca/fcc-ag-safety-fund.

FCC is a long-time supporter of CASA and farm safety initiatives. FCC has long supported CASA’s annual conference and the FCC Ag Safety Fund. FCC and CASA also partner up to deliver Back to Ag, a program that helps get injured farmers back to work and the FCC Safety Day Coordinator Fund. Communities hosting a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® event can apply for up to $1,500 to offset some costs associated with hosting a safety day. FCC is also the presenting sponsor of Canadian Agricultural Safety Week held each year in March.

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and safety of farmers, their families and agricultural workers. CASA is funded in part by Growing Forward 2, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative and receives additional support from the agricultural and corporate sectors. For more information, visit www.casa-acsa.ca, find us on Facebook or LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter @planfarmsafety.

About Farm Credit Canada

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $28 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and its role in feeding an ever-growing world. We provide flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and agri-food industry. Our profits are reinvested back into agriculture and the communities where our customers and employees live and work. Visit fcc.ca or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and on Twitter @FCCagriculture.

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For more information, please contact:
Robin Anderson, Communications Officer
204-275-8870
randerson@casa-acsa.ca