University of Minnesota Extension is partnering with North Dakota State University Extension to offer a series of farm safety webinars this winter. The purpose of these webinars is to prioritize safety on the farm. The webinar series will be on Thursdays at 11 a.m. Each webinar will last one hour.

Feb. 4 — Tractor and Equipment Safety. Session will cover PTO use and safety, roadway safety, and have a conversation with North Dakota farmers Scott and Elizabeth Huso and their employee Chase Frederick, who was in an accident on their farm in the past. They will be joined by David Kraft, safety consultant for North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance.

Feb. 18 — Youth Farm Safety. Webinar will feature a panel discussion moderated by Emily

Krekelberg, Farm Safety and Health Extension Educator with University of Minnesota Extension. The panelists include Marsha Salzwedel with the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, Jana Davidson with Progressive Agriculture Foundation, and Diane Rohlman with University of Iowa College of Public Health. They will cover various resources and programs available for families with young farmers.

March 4 — Livestock Safety. UMN Extension Cattle Production Extension Educator Joe Armstrong, DVM will discuss and demonstrate proper animal handling in both confinement and pasture systems.

March 18 — Mental Health. Emily Krekelberg will be conducting QPR Training. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is a one-hour suicide prevention program that helps individuals learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide. This training is tailored toward agricultural communities.

The Farm Safety Webinar Series is offered free of charge. Participants must pre-register by visiting Participants can choose to attend any or all sessions of interest.

For more information, contact Emily Krekelberg at or Angie Johnson at

This article was submitted by University of Minnesota Extension.

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