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Dairy Farm Safety short course offered by University of Minnesota Extension this winter


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Agriculture ranks third in the total number of fatal work injuries behind construction and transportation/warehousing. It ranks first in the rate of non-fatal injuries per thousand workers and in this category, it is more than double the rate of the next two industries, mining and transportation/warehousing. Agriculture is a dangerous business, and not only do we work in it, but many involved live in it as well.

While all farm types have hazards, dairy farms have added hazards to which workers are exposed every day – livestock, machinery, wet surfaces, hazardous cleaning chemicals, occasional inclement weather, confined spaces, manure storage, and more. These all add up to the reason the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have begun taking a closer look at dairy farms in many areas of the country. While most industries are accustomed to OSHA rules and audits, it is rather new and unfamiliar to agriculture.

University of Minnesota Extension in cooperation with the Center for Dairy Farm Safety (University of Wisconsin-River Falls) is offering a series of two-day short courses around Minnesota. The purpose of these courses is to help dairy farmers more fully understand and identify the hazards that exist around their farms, and develop plans to make their farms a safer place to live and work. A final benefit is to help farms meet OSHA standards should they be audited.

The two-day short course will address the following topics:

•Introduction to OSHA

•Injury Trends

•Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment

•Hazard Communications

•Tractors and Farm Machinery

•Hazards with Animal Handling

•Hazards in Farm Structures

•Personal Protective Equipment

These topics are common and may not look challenging, but one may be surprised what an audit looks at that is seldom considered in the day to day workings on the farm. During the course, farmers will be developing outlines appropriate for a safety plan to implement on their own farms. Tools will be offered to comply with OSHA standards and more importantly, make the farm safer.

The short course in southeast Minnesota will be at the St. Charles Community Center, 830 Whitewater Ave, St. Charles, Minn. on Thursdays January 10 and 17. The course takes both days for completion. We will start at 10:00 a.m. an .....
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Houston County land rent shows slight increase

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Based on the results of the recently completed Houston County Land Rent Survey, farmland rent continued to increase. There were seventy usable surveys exactly the same as last year. H ..... 
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Fillmore land rent continues upward trend!

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

While preparing for the Land Rent Workshops held last month, I looked at average increase in Fillmore County land rent. From 1996-2007 the average increase was $2.69/ acre/year, or about the rate of inflation. Since 2008, the increase has averaged $ ..... 
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Cattle feeder day 2012

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Feeding and managing for efficiency in the feedlot while finishing cattle at heavier weights is the theme for the 2012 Cattle Feeder Day Program. As the US beef cow herd shrinks, and ..... 
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Ag business management web sites

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer Extension Educator Fillmore/Houston Counties While preparing for the recent Land Rent Workshops, I stumbled across a list of useful Ag Business Management websites that Regional Extension Educator Gary Hachfeld and I prepared many ..... 
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2012 U of MN Corn Trials available online

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties University of Minnesota Extension Educator-Crops Liz Stahl and U of MN Extension Corn Agronomist Jeff Coulter have made the results of the 2012 University of Minnesota corn grain and ..... 
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Fillmore County Land Rent Survey

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Enclosed in this week’s Fillmore County Journal is the Fillmore County 2012-2013 Land Rental Survey. The more owners and operators that complete the survey the more confidence I have in the survey results. Survey forms can also be picked up at the ..... 
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The importance of cross bred beef cows

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties The production of crossbred calves yields advantages in both heterosis and the blending of desirable traits from two or more breeds. However, the largest economic benefit of crossbree ..... 
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Land Rent workshops

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Three Land Rent Workshops have been scheduled for Houston, Fillmore, and Winona Counties. The first will be on Wednesday afternoon, November 14, at the Houston County Justice Center, ..... 
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