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New equipment technology bolsters farm safety


By Kirsten Zoellner

Sun, Sep 21st, 2014

In a memo on the Department of Agriculture blog last September, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack noted the work load demand and dangers of the agriculture industry. 2012 recorded the “highest fatal injury rate of any industry, with the rate of on-the-job fatality in agriculture nearly seven times the rate for all U.S. workers.” While statistics may show the harsh reality of one of the challenges farmers face, the figures also represent a change in data recording for farm-related injuries and a growing demand for safe equipment.

Begun in the mid-70s, with the addition of Rollover Protective Structures (ROPS) on option on new tractors, a heightened desire for accurate data and improved technologies took hold. By 1985, ROPS were standard on all new tractors. Survey data quickly showed that ROPS, with use of seatbelt, were 99.9 percent effective in preventing deaths due to tractor overturns. ROPS remain 70 percent effective even without a seatbelt.

Safety technologies continued for tractors, particularly those built prior to that time period. For the majority, tractors on farm were built prior to the ROPS rollout and contributed largely to continued farm accidents. ROPS retrofit programs were put in place, but for some, finding and installing the systems was cost prohibitive. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health division of Safety Research and Protective Technology Branch instituted a Cost-Effective Rollover Protective Structures (CROPS) program for those farmers still chugging away on older models and numbers of incidents reduced further as more than 59 percent of U.S. tractors were fitted with the structures.

“It’s probably the number one biggest change in safety,” noted Scott Trouten of Preston Equipment.

The integration and addition of further technologies related to implements, skid steers, All Terrain Vehicles, and other agriculture equipment increased the opportunity for accident, but safety measures increased alongside them. “The biggest changes have been more electrical,” notes Eric Hammell of Hammell Equipment. “Safety switches, seatbelts standard, shields around moving parts, skid steers with parking brakes that set automatically, locks on loaders to keep them up safely while working on them,” he continues. “It’s hard in the ag business. You have to typically get out to work on something. All it takes is one freak accident.”

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Preston Sets Preliminary Levy

Fri, Sep 19th, 2014

By Karen Reisner The Preston City Council at their September 15 meeting unanimously passed a resolution setting the 2015 preliminary levy. The 2015 levy increase may be as much as 6.94 percent. In December when the final levy/budget is approved thi ..... 
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Legal Notice

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

notice of public hearing city of whalan, minnesota Notice is hereby given that the City of Whalan will hold a public hearing on Monday, September 22, 2014 at the city’s Town Hall at 5:00 p.m. regarding a Variance Permit for Garage (Demaray). For ..... 
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Legal Notice

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

notice of mortgage foreclosure sale DATE: August 7, 2014 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that default has occurred in the conditions of the following described Mortgage: INFORMATION REGARDING MORTGAGE TO BE FORECLOSED 1. Date of Mortgage: February 27, 2009 2 ..... 
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Legal Notice

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

SUMMARY OF MINUTES August 26, 2014 COUNTY BOARD MEETING The Fillmore County Board met in special session at the Courthouse in the City of Preston. All members were present. Also present were the Coordinator/Clerk, and other department heads and st ..... 
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Legal Notice

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

SUMMARY OF MINUTES SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 COUNTY BOARD MEETING The Fillmore County Board met in special session at the Courthouse in the City of Preston. All members were present. Also present were the Coordinator/Clerk, and other department heads and ..... 
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MN/ISU Host Nutrient and Sand Management Field Day

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

Source: Steve Rischette, Houston County Extension Ag Assistant On Thursday, September 25, University of Minnesota Extension and Iowa State University Extension Outreach will jointly host a field day tour in SE MN focusing on nutrient management a ..... 
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Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

Class of 1946 holds reunion The Lanesboro High School Class of 1946 held their 68th year reunion, Aug. 12, 2014, at the Village Square in Fountain, Minn. Front row from left: Gordon Jensson, Chester Shattuck, Beatrice (Teigen) Burmeister, and A ..... 
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Birth Announcement

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

Adeline Jo Johnson Brothers Caden, Carson and Teigen are proud to welcome home their baby sister, Adeline Jo. Adeline Jo was born August 28, 2014 to Trinity and Emily Johnson of Peterson, Minn. She weighed 8 lbs. 9.2 oz. and measured 21.5 inches lo ..... 
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