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Farm Safety and Health Week Promoting Safe Farming Practices

Podcasts / Newsline September 17, 2019

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Resources promoted this week can help improve health and safety on the farm. Micheal Clements has more.

Clements: The American Farm Bureau Federation is celebrating National Farm Safety and Health Week as a way to promote safe farming practices. Maggie Good, AFBF assistant director of member engagement, says the theme of this year’s National Farm Safety and Health week is “Shift Farm Safety into High Gear.”

Good: It’s putting a focus on the importance of safety on the farm as well as our rural roadways. This week really serves as a reminder that it’s everyone’s responsibility to prioritize and address health and safety concerns in agricultural communities. And that we really need to take health and safety out of the back seat and make it a copilot when we’re on the farm.

Clements: Good says participating in National Farm Safety and Health week is easy.

Good: The Farm Bureau Safety and Health Network will be sharing resources with our county and state Farm Bureaus and joining in on the conversation on social media. The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety has made this easy with social media-ready posts on topics such as confined spaces, opioid use and working with youth while on the farm.

Clements: She adds webinars scheduled this week will address farm safety topics.

Good: The AgriSafe Network has created a series of free webinars that are really easy to register for, and anyone can join. And these webinars will be going with the theme of the week to talk about preventing agricultural injuries, tractor safety and some tips for women who are working on the farm.

Clements: Visit agrisafe.org for webinar registration and follow Farm Bureau on social media for more resources. Micheal Clements, Washington.

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