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Focus on Farm Safety this fall


Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The tragedy of an agricultural death or injury can cause the personal loss of a friend or family member. It also causes an economic and social burden when a productive member of a community is incapacitated or dies.

"Safety Counts-Your Community Depends on It" is the theme for this year's National Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 18-24.

The nine-state Upper Midwest experiences almost 200 agricultural deaths per year and about 20,000 disabling injuries, based on figures from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). In Minnesota, about two dozen fatalities are attributed to traumatic, farm-related injuries each year.

A review of data collected by the Greater Plains Center for Agricultural Health (GPCAH), a NIOSH-funded agricultural center, shows that the causes of injury and death have remained similar over the years. The majority of fatalities are from:

• tractors that overturn without rollover protection

• being struck by, or entangled in, machinery in operation or during maintenance

• falls

• suffocating in a flowing grain bin

• farm equipment colliding with other vehicles on rural roadways

News media reports compiled by GPCAH during 2011 describe some tragedies already this year in Minnesota. In Windom, Sebeka and Freeport counties, there were entanglements in power takeoff driven shafts. Fatalities involved skid steers in Lake and Benton counties. Farm equipment collisions occurred in Hallock, Kellogg and Dent. One death was caused by livestock trampling.

In addition to the personal and family losses resulting from these deaths and injuries, there are costs associated with medical care, lost productivity and intangible societal losses. A study published in 2001 showed that agricultural occupational injuries cost an estimated $4.57 billion per year in the U.S.

This year's National Farm Safety and Health Week provides an opportunity to focus on that fact that farm safety begins with us. We can work together to prevent injuries and deaths.

Katherine Waters is an agricultural health and safety educator and food systems program leader with University of Minnesota Extension. She also serves on the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Committee. Murray Madsen is the former associate director of the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health.

Soil test to reduce fertilizer expenses

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

High fertilizer prices appeared a couple of years ago and have not left us. This past week I was talking to truck driving hauling potash. He understood the potash he was hauling was about $150 per ton higher than last spring!

Soil testing is ..... 
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Farm Transition and Estate Planning

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Are you struggling with how to transfer your farm business to the next generation?

University of Minnesota Extension, Houston County and Caledonia Area Community Education are pleased to invite you to attend "Farm Transition and Estate Planni ..... 
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Options for managing your woodland

Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

A series of Woodland Field Days have been scheduled around Minnesota. On Saturday, September 10, a Southeast Woodland Tour will be held at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center.

These field days are for family forest owners. The field da ..... 
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2nd Ag in Motion trip = Huge Success!

Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Several Fillmore Central students joined others from Southern Minnesota on a charter bus June 20-24 taking part in the 2nd annual Ag In Motion Class. 26 students from 8 schools took part in this trip from the following school districts: Glenville-Em ..... 
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FFA swine proficiency finalist, Molly Frank, part of pork tour

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Regional FFA Swine Proficiency finalists took part in a Minnesota Pork Board hosted Swine Industry Study tour earlier this summer. The tour stops included Newport Laboratories, Worthington; Chandler Feed and Grain, Chandler; Pipestone Systems, Pipes ..... 
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Corn tasseling triggers thoughts of harvest

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

It has become pretty much a standard that during the Fillmore County Fair we see corn tasselling. By the time we reach the Houston County Fair, serious thoughts have turned to corn silage harvest. Over the years, I have quoted Joe Lauer, Corn Agron ..... 
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Crop field school

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

This past week I spent two days at a Crop Field School at the Southern Research and Outreach Center near Waseca. It was a great refresher course covering weeds, insects, and so ..... 
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Organic certification cost share program now accepting applications

Tue, Aug 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota organic farmers and processors can now apply for a rebate of up to 75 percent of the cost of organic certification. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is accepting applications for the Minnesota Organic Cost Sha ..... 
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