This session will provide insights into what it takes to change long-standing on-farm behaviours and beliefs. A farm is a business, and any change must make good business-sense. This session will explore the strategies that have worked to demonstrate that a safe farm is a successful farm and equip you with the knowledge – including benefits and resources – to better communicate and influence the farming community.
SESSION 2 – November 5th, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. CST
Bridging over Troubled Waters: Ag Innovation in a Pandemic
This session will highlight some of the successes and resources available, including the latest ag-specific protocols and emergency planning resources. The breakout sessions will discuss some of the challenges and what producers are doing to remain resilient and plan for the future.
● Wendy Bennett, AgSafeBC – Temporary Foreign Workers / Labour Shortages
● Dean Anderson, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services – Greenhouses / U-Picks
● Lori Brookhouse, Farm Safety Nova Scotia – PPE Supply and Resources
SESSION 3 – November 12th, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. CST
Break the Silence: New Mental Health Resources & Initiatives for Canadian Farmers
Farming is a labor-intensive industry where livelihoods are inextricably linked to factors beyond the producer’s control, like weather and market fluctuations. Recent surveys have reported high levels of depression and anxiety in the farming community. This session will explore ways to support producers and their families.
SESSION 4 – November 19th, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. CST
Safe Portrayal of the Ag Industry & How to Spot Harmful Messaging
Learn how to effectively report on-farm incidents and safety protocols. Gain an understanding of why messaging is key in shifting behaviours and ultimately, creating safer farms.