Farm Women Shine in Agriculture's Safety and Leadership

Feb 28, 2024

By Denise-Faguy

In the heart of Canadian agriculture, farm women are making significant strides, contributing immensely to farm safety, wellness, and leadership. This International Women's Day, the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) shines a light on these vital roles through research and celebration. 

A collaborative study by Farm Management Canada, supported by CASA, titled "Expanding Opportunities for Canadian Agriculture by Understanding the Experience of Farm Women," has unveiled the unique contributions and challenges of farm women. The study reveals that nearly half of the farm women are spearheading farm safety plans, highlighting their indispensable role in ensuring safety on farms. 

Andrea Lear, CEO of CASA, emphasizes the critical yet often overlooked role of women in the success and safety of family farms. Recognizing these contributions not just on International Women’s Day but year-round is a priority for CASA. 

To celebrate and delve deeper into these contributions, CASA is hosting an online forum, “Celebrating Women in Agriculture: Wellness, Safety and Leadership,” on March 8 at 12 pm Central Time. This event, sponsored by Syngenta Canada, will feature a panel discussion providing insights into farm women's experiences and contributions. For more information and to register, visit here

The support from Syngenta Canada and the spotlight on this groundbreaking research aim to foster greater recognition and opportunities for women in agriculture. Christina Stroud from Syngenta Canada expresses hope that this initiative will illuminate the challenges farm women face and encourage more support and acknowledgment of their work. 

As a national non-profit organization, CASA is dedicated to improving health and safety for farmers, their families, and agricultural workers, supported by the Government of Canada through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership. 

This article brings to light the essential role of farm women in agriculture, their leadership in safety practices, and the collective efforts to acknowledge and support their contributions for a more inclusive and supportive agricultural community. 

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