National Farm Safety & Health Week 2020: Every Farmer Counts

National Farm Safety and Health Week is September 20-26, 2020 with a theme of “Every Farmer Counts.” We understood this clearly in early 2020 as we began to see lines at grocery stores and occasional shortages of food and other supplies as a result of challenges to our agricultural, food, manufacturing and distribution supply chains. We also witnessed the impact unique workplace health exposures had among migrant, immigrant, and other workers on farms and in related food and meat processing facilities and how illness connected to workplace exposure could affect all of us!

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Lousy harvest conditions call for extra safety actions

As the harvest season wears on – delayed due to weather – farmers should carefully consider crucial safety actions that can save lives or prevent illness according to University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension safety specialists. Three areas where farmers should take additional precautions are extracting equipment stuck in the mud, working around grain dust and ensuring proper lighting on farm equipment.

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Youth Safety on the Farm

#FlashbackFriday Kids visiting or living on a farm need some safety guidance. Cheryl Skjolaas from the Wisconsin Center for Agricultural Safety provides tips for parents and children.

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Putting Farm Safety into Practice

John Shutske, Director of the UW Center for Agricultural Safety & Health and Extension Safety Engineering & Agricultural Health Specialist, talks about National Farm Safety and Health Week.

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Sharing the road during fall harvest season

Fall harvest season is underway throughout the state and will continue for the next couple of months. It’s a time of the year when motorists and farmers will be sharing roadways more frequently. Here are some tips to make the roads safer for both motorist and farmers.

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Grants available for agriculture safety training

The University of Wisconsin Center for Agricultural Safety and Health announced the availability of $19,200 to award grants for farm safety and education, training, or informational programs. Grants will be awarded for amounts up to $500 per county with groups securing or providing equal matching funds.

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Farm Shop Safety webinar scheduled for Jan. 28

A well-organized farm shop is essential to any agricultural operation. There are a wide variety of work tasks that happen in a farm shop and potential for many hazards. This webinar will address the top five hazard areas to review in your farm shop and provide some best practices to address key hazard areas.

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