By Alanna Jonson, Agriculture Program Specialist, Prince Albert
In a fast-paced industry that is constantly evolving, it is important to consider the health, safety, and well-being of everyone involved. Workplace injuries can impact everyone, causing unnecessary stress and jeopardizing the integrity of an operation. High pressure times, including seeding and harvest, are when accidents are more likely to occur. Addressing farm safety through education and training improves the longevity of the industry and avoids suffering associated with an accident.
Farm safety and mental health are important aspects of farm business management. Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), the Farm Safety Program aids in promoting awareness of farm safety issues and encourages the adoption of safe farming practices. The program aims to reduce farm injuries and fatalities in Saskatchewan.
Eligible projects either provide education and training to adopt safe farm practices or address mental health and farm safety concerns. Each year funding is available up to $25,000 per project to a maximum of $50,000 per applicant. Eligible expenses included under the Farm Safety Program include expenses for presentations by guest speakers, qualified instructors or trainers at an event including:
- Speaker fees and incremental rental costs for speakers or trainers;
- Hosting safety training courses, workshops and events; and, funding farm safety
- Costs for the development and/or promotion of training resources such as videos, educational materials, displays, farm safety assessment tools, publications and other farm safety or mental health resources.
As an important component of all agriculture businesses, safety is everyone’s responsibility. Providing support for both the mental and physical risks associated with farming and ranching can help raise awareness, avoid risks and improve the sustainability of the agriculture industry.
To find out more information and to download an application form visit our Farm Safety Program web page. Applicants can also contact the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377 and ask to speak to your local Agriculture Program Specialist for more information.