I was working last week to harvest a corn silage plot with a local farmer. We’ve had wet weather in southeast MN lately, and more rain was in the forecast. Needless to say, they were in a hurry. I was doing my best to work as quickly and efficiently as possible so that I didn't slow their work down too much. Having grown up and worked on farms, I was reminded of the pressure one feels in these situations.
That pressure can push us to take short-cuts, stress us out, and is simply tiring. At these times, it’s important to remind ourselves and one another to always keep safety in mind.
This week, we recognize National Farm Safety and Health Week by highlighting these useful resources.
Article: Farm Safety is a Year-Round Priority
Emily Wilmes, Extension Educator in Stearns, Benton, and Morrison Counties, shares ideas on working with livestock, training, equipment, and creating a culture of safety.
The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) has multiple MN connections including the UMN School of Public Health and College of Veterinary Medicine. They have developed many resources on farm safety including fact sheets, posters, videos, and more. Take a look at their resources.
MDA’s Rollover Protective Structures (ROPS) Rebate Program
The MN Department of Agriculture’s ROPS program will reimburse farmers and schools for the cost of rollover bars and safety belts.
Caught in the grain!
Article from North Dakota State University on grain bin safety with recommendations on precautions and rescue procedures.
P.S. Feel free to share this using the options at the top of this page.