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Back to Ag program available

Financial support is available to injured farmers

Injured farmers can now receive financial assistance to acquire technology that makes it possible for them to return to work.

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) in partnership with Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) is now offering a Back to Ag Program.

The Back to Ag Program provides funding to support the cost of adaptive technology to Canadian farmers who have experienced a traumatic injury. “CASA is thrilled that through Back to Ag, we can help injured farmers return to farm work safely and productively,” says Glen Blahey, CASA’s agricultural health and safety specialist.

This marks the third round of funding made available to injured farmers.

Eleven projects across Canada have already been supported by the Back to Ag Program, including adaptive technology like a sit-to-stand wheelchair, modifications to stairs and livestock-handling facilities, and lifts. Recipients have been from six provinces in Canada.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, a Canadian resident, have experienced a traumatic injury and are able to show their need and demonstrate how the adaptive technology will help them to return to work on the farm.

Applications will be accepted until December 21, 2015. For more information or to apply please visit casa-acsa.ca and click on Grants, call CASA at 877-452-2272 or email [email protected].

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