June 21, 2022 Winnipeg, MB: The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is pleased to announce on-going partnerships with Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA), the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission (SaskCanola), Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA), Alberta Canola Producers Commission (ACPC), Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat), and Alberta Wheat Commission (Alberta Wheat) to continue to bring grain safety awareness and training to Canadian communities.

“The continued support from CCGA, SaskCanola, MCGA, ACPC, Sask Wheat, and Alberta Wheat is not just about dollars, but also about grassroots support,” says Lori Derksen, CASA’s Director of Development. “Producers are at the heart of the agricultural industry, and their support is incredibly meaningful.”

The BeGrainSafe program, the first of its kind in Canada, works to raise awareness, educate and train in the dangers of moving grain. The flagship resource of the program is the BeGrainSafe Trailer, a mobile training and demonstration unit that allows firefighters to experience practical, hands-on grain rescue training.

Since its inception, the BeGrainSafe program has attended numerous farm and tradeshows and – in 2021 alone – trained more than 500 firefighters. The BeGrainSafe program continues to build momentum, resources, and awareness. New in 2021 was BeGrainSafe Week dedicated to raising awareness around grain handling. In 2022, BeGrainSafe Week will be celebrated from August 15 to 21.

“We are very grateful to CASA for facilitating the grain rescue training and to all the BeGrainSafe sponsors for their generous support,” says Trevor Dackow, Rural Municipality of Morris Fire Chief.  “The training provides the Rural Municipality of Morris Fire Department with another valuable tool in our toolbox allowing us to better serve and protect our residents.”

The BeGrainSafe program would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors including the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative, G3, Corteva AgriScience, FMC, CN, Bayer Crop Science, Nutrien, Canadian Canola Growers Association, Viterra, Alberta Wheat Commission, SaskCanola, Alberta Canola, Sask Wheat, Farm Credit Canada, Manitoba Canola Growers, Grain Farmers of Ontario, Prairie Oat Growers Association and GSI.

For more information about BeGrainSafe, including resources, BeGrainSafe Week, and training, visit casa-acsa.ca/begrainsafe.

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 through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, 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.

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Robin Anderson

Communications Coordinator

CASA/ACSA

877-452-2272 / randerson@casa-acsa.ca