CASA Launches New Grain Safety Program at Manitoba Ag Days

BeGrainSafe Program Showcased in Brandon

January 11, 2017, Winnipeg, MB – The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is pleased to announce the launch of BeGrainSafe, its new grain safety program. The official launch of the program will be at Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon from January 17 to 19, 2017.

“Manitoba Ag Days is an excellent venue to launch this program,” says Marcel Hacault, CASA’s Executive Director. “Ag Days has time and again shown commitment to farm safety. This launch gives CASA the opportunity to showcase the program to farmers, their families and the generous sponsors that have made BeGrainSafe a reality.”

"The board of Manitoba Ag Days is thrilled to be the first to showcase this very much needed program in Western Canada,"says Kristen Phillips, Manitoba Ag Days' Executive Director.  "We are proud to have supported the start up of BeGrainSafe."

The BeGrainSafe program includes four educational components:

  • A mobile grain safety demonstration and training unit
  • An interactive trade show display
  • Table top youth displays for youth ages 8 to 12
  • A BeGrainSafe website

While the mobile demonstration unit that CASA will be using in Brandon has been brought in from the United States, a Canadian version will be on the road across the Canadian Prairies in the spring.

The BeGrainSafe program, the first of its kind in Canada, will work to bring rescue training to first responders, educate the public about the dangers of moving grain and will be used to provide in-depth prevention and emergency plan training to workplaces.

Several BeGrainSafe events are scheduled for 2017 including FarmTech in Edmonton, Alberta from January 31 to February 2 and Crop Connect in Winnipeg February 14 and 15.

About the BeGrainSafe Program

The BeGrainSafe Program is an initiative of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association and is supported by sponsors and donors including: G3, Crop Production Services, Canadian Canola Growers Association, Alberta Canola Producers Commission, Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, Manitoba Canola Growers Association, Red Deer County, Alberta Pulse Growers, Alberta Wheat Commission, Viterra, Prairie Oat Growers Association, Manitoba Ag Days, DuPont, Manitoba Corn Growers Association, Meridian and Real Agriculture. For more information about the BeGrainSafe program, visit casa-acsa.ca/BeGrainSafe.

About the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and safety of farmers, their families and agricultural workers. CASA is funded in part by Growing Forward 2, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative and receives additional support from the agricultural and corporate sectors. For more information, visit www.casa-acsa.ca, find us on Facebook or LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter @planfarmsafety.

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Contact information: Robin Anderson, Communications Officer Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, Ph: 204-452-2272, Fax: 204-261-5004, Email: communications@casa-acsa.ca