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This Year, Be An AgSafe Family By Keeping Kids Safe

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Canadian Agricultural Safety Week 2016 runs from March 1319.

From a news release

This March, the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) and presenting sponsor Farm Credit Canada (FCC) are encouraging farmers and their families to “Be an AgSafe Family” by “Keeping Kids Safe”.

Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW) is an annual public awareness campaign focusing on the importance of safe agriculture. In 2016 organizers want to empower farm families with the information they need to help keep kids safe on the farm while preserving the farming lifestyle. The campaign lasts for a week, but Keeping Kids Safe is important all year long.

“We believe that we can teach the love of agriculture to our children in a safe and healthy way,” says Marcel Hacault, Executive Director of CASA. “This year we are providing tools and safety advice on agsafetyweek.ca that can help make farms a safe place for children to grow up.”

In 2016, FCC has once again committed to support Safety Days in local communities. Coordinators can apply for up to $1,500 to help offset some costs associated with hosting a safety day. FCC, through the Coordinator Funding, along with the support for CASW, is “Keeping Kids Safe.”

As a part of CASW, organizers are working with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services to host launch activities in Vineland Station, Ontario on March 15, 2016. “Workplace Safety & Prevention Services is proud to be part of Canadian Ag Safety Week, and this year’s theme really hits home,” says Elizabeth Mills, President and CEO of WSPS. “On average, 13 children die on Canadian farms each year. We are looking forward to connecting with farmers, agricultural employers and partners to share the latest practices and tools to Keep Kids Safe and ensure that Ag families enjoy a rich, exciting and safe experience on the farm.”

Canadian Agricultural Safety Week takes place every year during the third week of March. For more information about CASW, media kits or Ontario launch activities, please visit agsafetyweek.ca.

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