Applications accepted from September 16 to October 27

September 12, 2013, Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) in partnership with Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is proud to announce a call for applications to the FCC Ag Safety Fund. The $100,000 fund will be disbursed among successful applicants in early 2014.

For the past four years, the FCC Ag Safety Fund, administered by CASA, has provided charitable and non-profit organizations with funding to deliver farm safety training programs in their communities or within the sector.

Marcel Hacault is the Executive Director of CASA. “FCC is an excellent partner. Their investment in safety through the FCC Ag Safety Fund and other CASA initiatives is helping to make farms safer in Canada,” he says.

“Agriculture is the backbone of a strong and healthy Canada, and FCC is committed to safety in the industry. FCC created the Ag Safety Fund because producers told us that while safety was important to them, they needed and wanted more training,” says Rémi Lemoine, FCC Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Through our partnership with CASA, we are proud to be helping producers effectively manage safety risks in their operations through ongoing education and training.”

In the past three years, over $300,000 has been distributed to 28 recipients undertaking everything from safe livestock handling workshops to tractor safety training and sleep improvement seminars. This year, $100,000 will be distributed among successful applicants.

Applications to the FCC Ag Safety Fund will be accepted online from September 16 to October 27, 2013. To apply, go to: http://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.

As Canada’s leading agriculture lender, FCC is advancing the business of agriculture. With a healthy portfolio of more than $25 billion and 20 consecutive years of portfolio growth, FCC is strong and stable – committed to serving the industry through all cycles and to being socially and environmentally responsible. FCC provides financing, insurance, software, learning programs and other business services to producers, agribusinesses and agri-food operations. Employees are passionate about agriculture and committed to the success of customers and the industry. For more information, visit www.fcc.ca. Follow Farm Credit Canada on Facebook, and on Twitter @FCCagriculture.

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For more information, contact:

Michelle French Lancaster
Communications
CASA/ACSA
1-877-452-2272
mfrenchlancaster@casa-acsa.ca

Shaun Humphries
Farm Credit Canada
1-306-780-6987
Shaun.Humphries@fcc.ca

Eva Larouche (bilingual)
Corporate Communication
Farm Credit Canada
1-888-780-6647
eva.larouche@fcc.ca