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Back to Ag Program launched

Oct. 8, 2014, Ottawa, ON – The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) has launched the application phase of the Back to Ag Program. The Back to Ag Program is the result of a partnership between CASA, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF).

The Back to Ag Program will provide up to $10,000 to a successful applicant to support the cost of adaptive technology for farmers and agricultural workers who have experienced a traumatic injury.

To kick-start the program, FCC donated $100,000 to the Back to Ag Program following a successful two week social media campaign earlier this year. Individuals and other organizations also donated to the Back to Ag Program through both the RHF and the FarmSafe Foundation.

Applications for the Back to Ag Program will be accepted from October 8 to November 28, 2014. Canadian residents who are 18 years or older, have experienced a life altering injury, and are able to show their need and demonstrate how the adaptive technology will help them return to work on the farm are eligible to apply. The adaptive technology can come in the form of medical devices or accessibility tools like ramps or lifts or any other technology that will allow the producer in return to farm work.

For more information, call CASA at 1-877-452-2272, or visit http://casa-acsa.ca/Back_To_Ag_Program.