Funding available for farm safety training

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Applications are now being accepted for this year’s edition of the FCC Ag Safety Fund.

The fund, supported by Farm Credit Canada, helps charitable and non-profit groups deliver agricultural safety training across Canada with a focus on operating machinery in a safe manner.

“Tractor and machinery safety training helps develop skills for safe operation,” said Marcel Hacault, executive director of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association.

“When people know how to use machinery safely, there is less risk of injury.”

More than 70 per cent of all agricultural fatalities in Canada from 1990 to 2012 were related to tractor and farm machinery. Almost half were due to three machinery-related causes: rollovers, run-overs, and entanglements.

Local and provincial safety training projects are eligible for up to $5,000 in funding, with up to $15,000 for national projects. Projects can include awasreness or practical training, and can be targeted at youth, farm owners, farm workers, first responders, and the general public.

Applications will be accepted at the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association website until Dec. 18.

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