DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 8, 2016

Applications accepted from November 4 to December 18

Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 4, 2015: The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) in partnership with Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is proud to announce a call for applications to the 2016 – 2017 FCC Ag Safety Fund.

The Fund, now in its sixth year, helps charitable and non-profit groups deliver agricultural safety training across Canada in a community setting. The fund is made possible by FCC, a long-time supporter of CASA and farm safety initiatives.

“Today’s farm operations are larger and more complex than ever and so are the potential hazards,” says Sophie Perreault, FCC executive vice-president and chief operating officer. “Canadian farmers practice safety on a daily basis. That’s why we support CASA’s efforts to keep safety a priority and reduce the number of accidents and close calls.”

The 2016 – 2017 FCC Ag Safety Fund continues to focus on tractor and agricultural machinery safety training. According to Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting (CAIR) data, more than 70 percent of all agricultural fatalities in Canada between 1990 – 2012 were related to tractor and farm machinery. Almost half (46 percent) of all agricultural fatalities were due to three machinery-related causes: rollovers, runovers and entanglements.

Marcel Hacault is the Executive Director of CASA. “A goal of the FCC Ag Safety Fund is to remove barriers to farm safety training in Canadian communities. Tractor and machinery safety training helps develop skills for safe operation. When people know how to use machinery safely, there is less risk of injury.”

Local and provincial/territorial safety training projects are eligible for up to $5,000 in funding. National projects are eligible for up to $15,000. Training can include awareness training and/or practical training related to tractors and farm machinery. Target audiences can include youth, farm owners, farm workers, first responders and the general public.

Applications to the FCC Ag Safety Fund will be accepted online from November 4 to December 18, 2015. To apply or for more information, visit: https://www.casa-acsa.ca/fcc-ag-safety-fund.

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 $27 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 contact:

Robin Anderson

Communications Officer

CASA/ACSA

1-877-452-2275