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CASA’s BeGrainSafe Program Welcomes New Supporter CN

Edmonton, February 1, 2017: The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is pleased to announce that CN has committed $50,000 to CASA’s BeGrainSafe program.

“CN and Canadian farmers share a common commitment to safety,” said Brent Kossey, CN Senior Manager of Stakeholder Relations. “Maintaining a constant focus on working safely is absolutely essential both on the farm and on the railway. That’s why CN is proud to support the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association’s BeGrainSafe program and help keep farm families safe across Canada.”

The BeGrainSafe program was launched at Manitoba AgDays in Brandon in mid-January. Glen Blahey, CASA’s Agricultural Health and Safety Specialist estimates that over 1,200 individuals watched the entrapment demonstrations and even more interacted with the program. “We saw thousands of people coming by the demonstration unit,” he says. “People were very engaged, telling their stories and asking questions about the hazards associated with grain.”

At the heart of the BeGrainSafe program is a mobile grain safety demonstration and training unit that will be used at farm shows for demonstration purposes and as an education tool for rural first responders. The very first Canadian unit is currently under development and should be on the road in the spring.

“We are very proud to welcome CN as the latest supporter of our grain safety program,” says Marcel Hacault, CASA’s Executive Director. “CN is truly a part of the AgSafe Family. This support demonstrates CN’s ongoing commitment to the safety of Canadian grain farmers.”

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, CN, 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, 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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For more information contact: Robin Anderson, Communications Coordinator, CASA/ACSA, 877-452-2272 or randerson@casa-acsa.ca