Farm safety conference to focus on new and emerging agricultural trends

The CASA conference will include a session on drone safety.

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) will holdits 23rd annual conference “Agsafety — Make it a Record Year!” and annual general meeting in Edmonton, Alta., from October 3 to 5, 2017.

“Farming is dynamic,” says Marcel Hacault, CASA’s Executive Director. “Trends, technology and legislation affect how we deal with farm health and safety. CASA is being proactive in highlighting emerging farm safety and health concerns in this year’s conference.”

Attendees will learn about safety concerns around evolving and emerging agriculture technologies, trends and legislation. Drones, autonomous equipment, working with marijuana and safety regulations for migrant workers are all topics up for discussion.

“If you work with farmers, are employed in safety services or just want the inside track on farm health and safety trends, this conference is for you,” says Hacault. “This is an excellent opportunity to hear about cutting-edge technology and interact with experts on emerging issues.”

The conference opens on Tuesday afternoon with a panel of farmers and safety experts discussing why producers don’t always practise what they preach. Also featured on Tuesday is a welcome reception highlighting Alberta safety initiatives.

On Wednesday, the conference will shift its focus to the health and safety implications of legalized recreational marijuana, and of emerging technologies and trends like robotics, drones, autonomous machinery, open animal housing and high-speed tractors.

On Thursday, attendees will choose between two concurrent sessions. One session is a professional safety workshop on Emergency Preparedness that will give participants practical knowledge in preparing emergency plans for farms with an emphasis on grain. The other session, “Beyond the AgSafe Family” invites participants to become an important part of the planning process for Canadian Agricultural Safety Week 2019 to 2021. Lastly, all attendees will get close up with CASA’s brand new BeGrainSafe Mobile Demonstration Unit.

To register for the conference or for more information, visit

CASA has been organizing agricultural safety conferences for over 20 years to bring stakeholders together to work toward improving safety and encouraging safe behaviour on Canadian farms. Thank you to 2017 conference supporters: Imperial Oil, Monsanto, Syngenta, G3, John Deere and MacDon.

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.

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As a national, non-profit organization, the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) promotes farm safety in the agricultural sector.



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