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WASHINGTON -- Agribusinesses and producer groups are encouraged to apply for safety grants of up to $10,000 being offered by the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA). Application deadline is January 7, 2016.

ASHCA, a not-for-profit coalition of agribusinesses, producer organizations and safety professionals, is making available approximately a dozen safety grants to encourage ag safety interventions at the local and regional levels.

Information regarding eligibility, priorities, application instructions and frequently asked questions is available at www.ashca.org.

"An ideal grant proposal is one that comes from a small company or organization wanting to provide hands-on safety training to ag workers using an evidence-based safety program," said ASHCA Chair Leon Graves, who represents Dairy Farmers of America. "The applicant should show a matched contribution from other sponsors and or in-kind support from safety consultants or trainers."

Priority will be given to:

• Programs that engage both management and workers in the planning and implementation of successful injury reduction programs.

• "Hands-on" training initiatives that will increase workers' adoption of proven safety practices and will be sustained beyond the grant period.

• Initiatives that reach under-served or high-risk populations, e.g., non-English speaking workers.

To see examples of past awards go to http://www.ashca.org/safety-grants-program/. Previous grants have addressed onsite safety training, development of a mobile app, personal protective equipment, safe play zones for farmworker children and other topics.

Individuals, organizations and businesses can support ASHCA's Safety Grants program with financial contributions and/or "in-kind" support.

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