Safety education funding available
By Top Crop Manager
June 4, 2013 - Alberta rural community organizations are invited to improve farm safety awareness in their communities with funding through the Ag for Life 2013 Alberta community safety day initiative.
Ag for Life works with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation (PAF), North America's largest provider of rural safety education programs, to offer a safety day program model that has been independently evaluated, confirming it improves safe behaviour in children, youth and adults. In 2012, PAF successfully held 415 safety days, reaching more than 79,000 participants, throughout North America with their "safety day in a box" model. The model includes program expertise, instructions on how to host a successful safety day, along with example activities and numerous support materials, and allows community associations and volunteers to tailor their safety day according to their audience.
Together with its founding members, Ag for Life is dedicated to supporting the delivery of rural and farm safety programming. "Safety is a top priority for all our Founders and we believe that safety habits are built out of sound education and practice," says David Sprague, Ag for Life CEO. "That's why we are very proud to be a part of the safety day program – educating youth about proper safety precautions early on will greatly reduce the number of incidents in the future - on the farm, or elsewhere."
Ag for Life also offers additional funding and/or supplemental materials to organizations that are currently running safety day programs in their communities.
Interested parties and organizations can learn more about Ag for Life or find the safety day funding application on the Ag for Life website.