Safe farm practices are important for everyone
Every day on farms across Prince Edward Island, producers have the health and well being of their families and farm workers top of mind.
During Canadian Agricultural Safety Week March 12 to 18, it is important to recognize our Island producers for working safely and to acknowledge that there is always more to learn. Island farmers are encouraged to create a farm safety plan and keep it up to date.
“Most farm injuries are predictable and preventable, so it is important that the Island agriculture industry continues to make safe farm practices a part of their operations,” Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Alan McIsaac said. “The Prince Edward Island farming community has succeeded through generations of entrepreneurship, innovation and hard work, so let’s carry on this tradition safely for future generations.”
This year’s theme is part of a three-year “Be an AgSafe Family” program. Organizers aim to empower farm families with the information they need to help keep family members safe on the farm while preserving the farming lifestyle. The focus of this year is adults.
“Adults in the agriculture industry should lead by example, in order to be responsible role models on farm safety”, says Matt Hughes, program officer at the PEI Federation of Agriculture. “Experience can cause adults to be overconfident, leading to unsafe shortcuts.”
Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW) is a promotion of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. CASW takes place every year during the third week of March. More information can be found by visiting Canadian Agricultural Safety Week.
The agriculture industry of Prince Edward Island is a key contributor to the provincial economy. The industry generates approximately half-a-billion dollars in farm cash receipts annually and employs approximately 3,500 people.
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
PEI Federation of Agriculture