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Farm safety: it’s not just for farmers


By Michael Cruse

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

By Michael Cruse

Extension Educator for

Fillmore and Houston Counties

Just because you are not a farmer does not mean you are not exposed to many of the same hazards that farmers are.

For example, how long has it been since you had your tetanus shot updated? Many everyday activities, such as putting up barb wire fence or hoeing our gardens, expose us to the bacteria that cause tetanus. Tetanus can cause painful muscle stiffness and even with medical care, 1 in 10 people who get tetanus will die. Thankfully there are vaccines that can prevent the infection. Those who need updates on tetanus and other vaccines need to take the time to address this issue. Be sure to check in with your medical professionals and county public health systems.

Falling accidents are very common both in agriculture and around the house. Falling is often mistakenly considered to be only an elderly adult concern. While elderly individuals may be at a higher risk of injury during a fall, anyone can break bones, twist joints or suffer significant head injuries during a falling accident. And while you may not be climbing up into large implements or scaling the sides of grain bins, working on step ladders and on top of roofs can just as dangerous. Be sure not to over reach when up on ladders, to use spotters to help keep ladders stable and to choose the right equipment for the job at hand.

Other common hazards shared between farmers and non-farmers include biting/stinging insects, moldy plant residues and pesticide exposure. Anyone who has experienced chigger bites or has been stung by a yellowjacket can attest to the uncomfortable nature of those experiences. And for some, these types of bites and stings can lead to serious allergic reactions that require hospitalization. Moldy plant material is not only dangerous to feed to livestock but is also dangerous to move. Inhalation of dust and other particles from moldy hay can lead to a condition known as farmer’s lung. Farmer’s lung can lead to shortness of breath, fever and chills and rapid heart rates. While you may not be directly exposed to the restricted use pesticides often used on agricultural fields, even the pesticides commonly used in residential areas can have adverse effects to human health if used inappropriately. If you use pesticides or other chemicals, make sure you read the label and actually follow the instructions printed there.
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Holstein calf born at 15 pounds thriving and growing

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

By Hannah Wingert High school freshman Kelsey Biel has seen many calves born on her family’s dairy farm, but there’s one that’s extra special to her. Gleam, a Holstein, was born on March 21 of this year weighing only 15 pounds. Gleam’ ..... 
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USDA offers new loans for portable farm storage and handling equipment Portable equipment can help producers, including small-scale and local farmers, get products to market quickly

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

COLUMBUS, OHIO, April 29, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marke ..... 
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Breaking BIG STEER news

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Agriculture

This photo was sent to the Fillmore County Journal along with the following: “Dear Willy the Steer, We’ve been showing your pictures to Eddie the last two weeks. He’d like to get together and share a feed bag at the “Big Steer” restaurant! ..... 
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First Ag Tourism Business to be permitted

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

At the May 19 Planning Commission meeting, a public hearing was held to consider an application for a conditional use permit under the new ordinance amendment permitting Agricultural Tourism Businesses, Section 739. Todd Juzwiak, Dream Acres in Fi ..... 
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Thank You for the 2016 Tesmer Farm Safety Day Camp

By Michael Cruse

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Thank you everyone for making the 2016 Tesmer Farm Safety Day Camp such a great success! 514 fourth graders attended this year’s program on May 17, 2016 at the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds. The students came from 15 different elementary schools acro ..... 
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AgBMP Loan Program expansion proposed to include private wells

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, MN. – A new proposal to expand the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s AgBMP Loan Program would help rural landowners repair, replace or treat private wells that do not meet drinking water standards. Under the current AgBMP Loan P ..... 
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Century Farms honored in 2016

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, MN, May 18, 2016 -- The Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau recognize 134 Minnesota farms as 2016 Century Farms. Qualifying farms have been in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years and are 50 acres or more. Cent ..... 
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Willy the steer

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Due to overwhelming response on the Fillmore County Journal’s article on Willy the beef dairy steer, we thought we would share this great photo of Willy in this week’s issue. Photo submitted
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