Over 15,000 children, adults and volunteers took part in 67 Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® events in Canada in 2018. Since 2002, CASA has been working with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation to support farm safety education for rural Canadian youth through Safety Day events.

Progressive Agriculture Safety Days is the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America. Safety Days are typically one-day, and feature mix-and-match stations covering everything from sun safety, recognizing and avoiding chemical exposure, to farm machinery safety.

“Progressive Agriculture Safety Days in Canada consistently reach over 15,000 participants each year”, says Marcel Hacault, CASA’s Executive Director. “This continued reach demonstrates how successful the program is. Safety Days, year after year, continue to impact children’s lives and increase communities’ capacity to keep rural children healthy and safe.”

Each Safety Day is organized by a coordinator. Each community has the opportunity to tailor the Safety Day to their specific needs. Communities that wish to host a Safety Day in 2020 must apply by July 15.

“As our program celebrates its 25-year milestone, we reflect on Progressive Agriculture Safety Days’ growth in Canada,” says Brian Kuhl, chief executive officer of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation. “We are excited to see that our program continues to positively impact the lives of rural Canadians. With the support of CASA, program sponsors, and our dedicated Safety Day coordinators, we take a step closer to attaining our vision of living in a world where no child will ever become ill, suffer an injury or die from farm, ranch or rural activities.”

Communities that would like to host a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day in 2020 can apply online at www.casa-acsa.ca/programs/safety-days-for-children/ or call CASA at 877 452 2272. The deadline to apply is July 15. Safety Day coordinator training is available in both official languages.

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, 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.

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