Alberta groups receive funding for farm safety training

Six Alberta organizations have received grants from Farm Credit Canada and the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association for farm safety training programs.

The six Alberta projects were among the 13 organizations which received funding this year from the FCC Ag Safety Fund. Projects with a local or provincial scope can receive up to $5,000.

The six Alberta projects are:

  • Athabasca District Agricultural Society $3,005: A one-day program for youth on how to safely use an ATV, including one-on-one instruction on a practical, closed course.
  • Alberta crop commissions $5,000: Day-long workshops on how to implement Occupational Health and Safety plans on a farm. The workshops, which hope to attract 60 to 90 producers, will include, among other topics, assessing hazards associated with large farm machinery, investigating incidents related to farm accidents with machinery, and keeping proper records of maintenance.
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  • Kneehill Adult Learning Society $4,382: A ‘First on The Scene’ farm first aid course will be offered in Three Hills, Trochu, Linden and Acme. It is anticipated that 100 people will attend this course. An ATV Safety Training Certificate course will be offered at the Linden Cultural Centre — with two sessions run for eight people per session. By offering these courses locally for a reasonable rate the number of trained people will increase significantly.
  • Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Limited $5,000: A farm safety day for Grade 6 to 9 students in rural Alberta. The objective is to present awareness and skills training to youth on relevant topics such as rollovers, crush injuries, and large equipment safety.
  • Rochester and District Agricultural Society $2,000: Workshops on developing an effective farm safety plan, assessing hazards on the farm, and training new workers on the farm.
  • St. Mary’s Sexsmith School Booster Club and the Sexsmith and District Agricultural Society $5,000: Training, demonstrations and fun activities to drive home the importance of farm safety.

The FCC Ag Safety Fund has awarded more than $450,000 since 2010 to support a variety of farm safety training to Canadian farmers. More information on the fund can be found online.

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