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The Back to Ag Program helps fund adaptive technology for producers who have suffered a traumatic injury

Injured farmers are urged to apply to the Back to Ag Program, which provides funding to support the cost of adaptive technology to producers who have suffered a traumatic injury.

“Through Back to Ag, we can help injured farmers return to farm work safely and productively,” said Glen Blahey, agricultural health and safety specialist with Canadian Agricultural Safety Association.

The association, along with the Rick Hansen Foundation and Farm Credit Canada, put on the program, which has previously funded 11 projects, including adaptive technology like a sit-to-stand wheelchair, modifications to stairs and livestock-handling facilities, and lifts.

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One of those recipients is Dan Moore from Sanford, Ont., who experienced a traumatic injury while he was cleaning out a silo on his dairy operation two years ago.

“I stepped back, felt a tug on my leg, and was quickly pulled into the silo unloader,” said Moore, who lost both of his arms in the accident.

He decided not to continue with the dairy farm operation, but he and wife Sarah have continued to farm.

“Dan has always had a passion for field work,” said Sarah. “Farming is who Dan is.”

However, Moore’s condition meant changing how they farm, and that’s where Back to Ag came in.

“We found out that there were many jobs that Dan was not able to do with our large tractor due to its size,” said Sarah. “We need a small tractor that Dan can handle with his prosthesis.”

With help from the Back to Ag Program, the Moores were able to purchase a tractor better suited to Dan’s needs.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, a Canadian resident, have experienced a traumatic injury, and are able to show their need and demonstrate how the adaptive technology will help them to return to work on the farm. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 21.

For more information or to apply, visit casa-acsa.ca; call 877-452-2272; or email [email protected].

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