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FCC Ag Safety Fund accepting applications

This year’s edition of the fund is offering $100,000 for delivery of tractor and machinery safety training

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The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is accepting applications for the 2015-16 edition of Farm Credit Canada’s Ag Safety Fund.

This year, $100,000 will be given to organizations to deliver tractor and machinery safety training in a community setting to Canadian farmers and farm workers. According to Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting data, between 1990 and 2008, 70 per cent of agricultural fatalities in Canada were related to machinery, with 46 per cent caused by rollovers, runovers and entanglements.

“The shift in focus of the FCC Ag Safety Fund is to address the reality that the majority of farm fatalities are related to equipment,” said Marcel Hacault, executive director of CASA. “The FCC Ag Safety Fund is an excellent opportunity to provide more machinery-related training which we hope will lead to fewer farm injuries and fatalities.”

Applications will be accepted online from Sept. 15 to Oct. 20, 2014. Click here to apply.

The fund, now in its fifth year, has provided more than $400,000 to charitable and non-profit organizations to deliver farm safety training programs in their communities or within the agricultural sector.

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