New council appointed to improve farm safety in Alberta

15 member-council to focus on education, training

The Government of Alberta has named 15 members of a new council tasked with bringing government and industry together to work towards the shared goal of improved farm safety.

The new Farm Safety Advisory Council will work on ways to reduce injuries on farms and ranches and advise the government on how to enhance farm safety education and training.

“The Council brings together individuals from varied backgrounds, who are known and respected in their field and have a demonstrated commitment to farm safety,” said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Jack Hayden. “I know this well-rounded group will help us make significant progress toward the goal of reducing farm injuries without increasing the regulatory and financial burden for producers.”

In the coming months, the council will work to develop an action plan on farm safety, addressing the coordination and communication needs identified by industry in previous consultations. The plan will be submitted to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for consideration.

The council was formed in response to recommendations from consultations in 2009 and 2010 with more than 20 stakeholder groups representing over 50,000 producers.

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