AAFC focuses on strengthening grain safety in Canada

by Holly Demaree
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WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA — The Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) invested C$375,000 to the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) to implement the new Grain Safety Program which aims to educate Canadians and reduce injuries and deaths due to grain handling in Canada.

The investment will enable CASA to bring attention to grain safety, through training modules, demonstrations and public awareness. Program activities will include:
  • A mobile grain safety demonstration and training unit
  • An interactive trade show display
  • Table top youth displays for youth ages 8 to 12
  • On-site training for grain producers
  • Rescue training for volunteer first responders

“We are working with industry to help Canada’s agriculture sector be more innovative, safer and stronger. Increased awareness, training for farmers and grain workers will help reduce grain-related injuries and fatalities on the farm,” MaryAnn Mihychuk, Member of Parliament for Kildonan.

According to the AAFC, Canada’s agricultural industry is one of the top three most hazardous industries in which to work. On average, 84 Canadians are killed each year in agriculture-related incidents.

“CASA is committed to our vision of a Canada where no one is hurt farming. Grain safety awareness and training is essential in achieving this vision,” Marcel Hacault, executive director, CASA.  “We welcome the support from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada along with the support of our industry sponsors in helping make to BeGrainSafe a success.”

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and safety of farmers, their families and workers.

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