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National ag safety conference set for November 16 – 18 in Vancouver

Winnipeg, October 31, 2011: The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) will hold its annual conference at the Westin Bayshore hotel in Vancouver, BC, November 16 – 18, 2011. The conference theme is PLAN.FARM. SAFETY. – checking the plan!

More than 70 ag safety professionals, researchers, producers, suppliers and manufacturers are expected to share solutions for positive transformation within Canada’s ag safety culture. The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals has awarded the conference 1.0 CMPs.

The first day of the two and a half day conference features two interactive workshops. The first will focus on implementing and promoting safety plans, in particular the Canada FarmSafe Plan developed by CASA. Check out the core plan at www.planfarmsafety.ca. The afternoon workshop will feature training tools for low stress cattle and horse handling.

The conference keynote speaker – Susan Brumby, Director of the National Centre for Farmer Health in Australia – will kick off the second day with a presentation on how the Aussie Sustainable Farm Families program has affected farmer health down under. Conference participants will then learn about safety innovations at Gipaanda Greenhouses in Ladner.

The conference will wrap up Friday morning with the most recent stats on Canadian farm injuries, discussion of the farm safety program led by the Manitoba Pork Council, interpretation of FCC’s Farm Safety Report Card and a short workshop on Planning Farm Safety for Canada’s future.

CASA’s conference is being held in conjunction with the Canadian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion conference at the Westin Bayshore the same week.

Register at http://conference.casa-acsa.ca/registration/english/default.aspx.

Media contact:
Diane Wreford
(204) 275-8874