Ag for Life Promotes Canadian Agricultural Safety Week in Alberta

For Immediate Release

Ag for Life Promotes Canadian Agriculture Safety Week in Alberta

Safety Days Delivered to Youth and Adults Across the Province

(CALGARY, AB, March 13, 2017) – As a friend of Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW), Agriculture for Life will host four different safety programs reaching close to 150 junior and senior high school students and farm adults throughout the week of March 12 – 18, 2017.

Through discussions and demonstrations, program participants will learn about a wide variety of safety topics delivered by local volunteers and safety experts. Topic examples include personal protective equipment, large equipment, overhead powerlines, and route planning. The week’s events include Young Farm Workers Safety Training, Ladies Farm Safety in Balzac and Grande Prairie and the launch of Ag for Life’s Safety on the Farm First Aid training in partnership with St. John’s Ambulance.

CASW is a national, public education campaign focusing on the importance of safe agriculture. The campaign takes place every year in the third week of March. This year’s theme is Be an AgSafe Family. For more information on CASA and CASW initiatives visit www.agsafetyweek.ca/.

“Partnering with the Canadian Agriculture Safety Association during CASW is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of safe agriculture amongst children, youth and adults,” notes Ag for Life CEO, Luree Williamson.  “Agriculture is the second largest industry in Alberta and an important part of our way of life, so we see the safety of all those involved as a high priority. Encouraging our farm families and communities to talk about safety during CASW is a great way to raise the awareness of keeping everyone safe.”

About Ag for Life

Ag for Life (Agriculture for Life) has a mandate to deliver educational programming designed to improve rural and farm safety while building public understanding around the agricultural industry. The organization brings together various sectors including agri-services, energy, financial and not-for-profit organizations, along with farmers, ranchers, and community leaders. 

Ag for Life is made possible through the funding and commitment of companies that employ almost 20,000 people in more than 350 Alberta communities. Founding Members include Agrium Inc., ATCO Group, Penn West, Rocky Mountain Equipment, TransCanada Corporation and UFA Co-operative Limited. Contributing Members include AdFarm, Glacier FarmMedia with the support of CHS Canada, The Co-operators Group, and The Government of Alberta.

Photo’s included are from the 2016 Ladies Night and one of our High School Rural and Farm Safety Programs.

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For media inquiries, or to find out more about Ag for Life programs, please contact:

Kaley Segboer, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

403.828.8184, ksegboer@agricultureforlife.ca

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