Winnipeg, September 13, 2011: For the second year, the $100,000 FCC Ag Safety Fund is accepting applications from charitable and non-profit organizations in Canada providing agricultural safety training.

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) are once again partnering to provide support for safety training programs aimed at keeping farmers, agribusiness operations and employees safe at work.

Applications will be accepted online from September 13 through to October 27, 2011.

“Last year’s fund helped nine groups across Canada provide much-needed safety training to a variety of different audiences,” says Marcel Hacault, CASA’s executive director. “The projects supported by this fund aim to educate producers and organizations on how to manage risks in their operations. The FCC Ag Safety Fund is a terrific tool to help keep people safe on the farm.”

The fund is intended to help groups deliver agriculture safety training to producers in Canada or provide training for those who will train others in safe agricultural practices.

“FCC is committed to the success of the industry, and this fund is one example of that,” says Remi Lemoine, FCC Executive Vice President and COO. “From producer groups to agricultural safety trainers, we know many producers are working hard to keep their employees and families safe at work, and we want to continue to help them do that. Education and awareness are key to prevent accidents on the farm, and we’re proud to partner with CASA to offer this fund.”

Applicants proposing programs or projects with a local or provincial scope are eligible to receive a maximum of $10,000. Applicants proposing programs with a national scope are eligible to receive a maximum of $25,000. The amount of funding awarded will be based on budgeted costs of the proposed project.

To receive funding, selected organizations must meet criteria before implementation of their program. The program must be completed by December 31, 2013.

Only online applications will be accepted, and successful applicants will be notified in early 2012.

More details are available online at www.planfarmsafety.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Diane Wreford

Director of Communications

CASA

(204) 275-8874

dwreford@casa-acsa.ca

Tara Seel

Communications Office

CASA

(204) 275-8870

tseel@casa-acsa.ca

Aliya Ladha

Communication Consultant

Farm Credit Canada

(306) 780-5635

aliya.ladha@fcc-fac.ca

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