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Alberta Farm and Ranch Safety Extenstion Grant Working Group: New Safety Extension Program Coordinator
The Alberta Farm and Ranch Safety Extension Grant Working Group would like to welcome Donna Trottier who will be taking on the role of Safety Extension Program Coordinator. Donna will be responsible for the development and delivery of safety education and awareness for farmers and ranchers across Alberta. This two-year contact position is being funded by the provincial and federal governments as part of Growing Forward 2 (GF2).
The Working Group, made up of Alberta’s crop and livestock commissions was set up to oversee and direct the allocation of the GF2 grant dollars, as well as ensure a program is in place to provide farmers and ranchers with safety education and tools.
The plan for this funding is to create a model of farm safety education that can become the foundation of a long-term permanent structure with effective and stable programming. Donna is the perfect fit for this role because of her extensive background in agriculture, experience leading extension programs and her involvement in developing agriculture safety programs for the Canadian Agriculture Safety Association.
Donna will be responsible for developing farm and ranch safety programs and materials, removing gaps in training resources, delivering educational resources for farmers and ranchers – whether building and capitalizing on existing resources or developing new programs, and helping build a culture of farm safety. Donna will be working closely with the crop and livestock group, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, the Canadian Agriculture Safety Association and private consultants to establish her project plan.
Donna comes to this position with a wealth of experience in the agriculture industry. She is a Professional Agrologist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. She has over 25 years of experience working in various capacities in the agriculture industry from project management, event planning, and developing farmer focused communications tools, to leading extension programs and directing the development of education programs.
The Safety Extension Program Coordinator position will run on a two-year term and is fully funded by the GF2 grant, which is being administrated by the Alberta Wheat Commission. The Alberta Farm and Ranch Safety Extension Grant Working Group will be overseeing Donna’s activities and providing input and feedback on the activities of this program to ensure the grant dollars are being used for their intended purpose.
GF2 is a federal-provincial-territorial partnership with a mandate to drive an innovative, competitive and profitable Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector. Governments are fully committed to investing in programs that will achieve the best long-term results, consistent with available funding.
Donna can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.