July 12, 2011, Winnipeg: Friday, July 15th is the deadline to apply to organize a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® in 2012 for your community. Apply online at www.planfarmsafety.ca .

Marcel Hacault, executive director of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), says the early application date is necessary because base funding from corporate sponsors is limited and “unfortunately, we’re likely to have a waiting list once again”.

CASA provides logistical support for Safety Days across the country. Hacault says Safety Days may be delivered in English or French and training for the Day co-ordinators is available in Canada in both languages.

In 2011, fifty-three Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® are taking place across rural Canada. More than 2,500 adult volunteers will organize the events and lead activities to help make farm and ranch life safer and healthier for at least 10,500 rural kids.

“That’s an increase of full-day events, more than 800 more volunteers and best of all – 4,000 more kids than in 2010,” Hacault says. “And,” he adds, “this year, we are very pleased to welcome a new corporate partner Cargill Limited. Cargill has provided core support for seven Safety Days in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.”

July 15th is the deadline to apply to organize a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® in 2012 for your community. Apply online at www.planfarmsafety.ca .

For a list of 2011 Progressive Agriculture Safety Days in Canada and to apply for 2012, go to the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day section at www.planfarmsafety.ca .

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is a national non-profit organization that co-ordinates, develops and leads national initiatives to help farmers, their families and workers recognize and manage safety risks. CASA is primarily funded under Growing Forward, a federal provincial territorial agreement with support from Canadian agri-business.

The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program is the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America and a program of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to provide education and training to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for children and their communities. For more information about the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program across North America, go to www.progressiveag.org .

Media contact: Diane Wreford (204) 275-8874