Since its inception, FSNS has made significant efforts to increase awareness of the importance of farm health and safety through education. With an increase in awareness comes an increase in demand for services and support. With this in mind, FSNS engaged in a strategic planning process in 2016 with a focus on member engagement.
We consulted with farmers, commodity and country federation representatives and industry stakeholders over the past year. From these consultations, our strategic plan was developed. We thank all those that participated in the engagement sessions and look forward to continuing to work together.
2017-2021 Strategic Priorities
Secure funding to support operations and programs
As a not-for-profit organization, funding to support operations and programs is integral to the success of the organization. The goal is to secure $350,000 per year for the next 5 years in multi-year agreements. FSNS will also advocate for financial assistance to be accessible to farmers for implementation of on-farm safety practices.
Over the next 5 years, FSNS will work on long-term sustainable funding programs to be implemented including a corporate and associate member program and member supported funding streams.
The following priorities will be implemented based on the capacity of the organization and its success in securing additional funding.
Support the farm community in understanding and implementing best practices on farm
Our goal is to increase the number of farms implementing safe best practices on farm. We will do this through:
- Development of farm safety tools and resources;
- Development of safe best management practices;
- Providing industry specific workshops and required training;
- Communications through various forms of media; and
- Providing on-farm advisory services.
Foster positives attitudes and strengthen engagement with the agriculture community
Our goal is to increase the number of farm safety inquiries and increase the support of and participation in initiatives. This will be done through:
- Farm safety campaigns
- Engaging with industry partners; and
- Representing industry at external consultations & events.