As rural Minnesota moves into fall harvest, it’s also the time to increase our agriculture safety awareness. Even though National Farm Safety and Health Week was acknowledged September 15-21, farm safety is an all-day, everyday part of life on the farm.  There are several resources available to help teach and understand current procedures.  

One of these resources, provided by the University of Minnesota Extension, is an on-line information source dealing with farm safety. This website (https://extension.umn.edu/safety/farm-safety) also includes contact information of professionals available to provide assistance. It doesn’t take long to browse through the material. With four grain bin deaths in nearly a month, when there are usually 15-20 annually, the time spent absorbing this information could save a life.

More resources include short public service announcement videos. Each is specific to the title and include interviews, statistics, the “how to” and “how not to”, along with other valuable information. The videos can be found at www.necasag.org/nationalfarmsafetyandhealthweek/. Topics include tractor safety, PTO safety, rural road safety, sun safety, fatigue safety, child safety on the farm, grain bin safety and dust explosion.

Monsanto also has a safety video series which can be found at http://nasdonline.org/7341/c000038/monsanto-off-the-job-safety-growing-safely.html.

This article was submitted by Mary Nelson of the University of Minnesota Extension.