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Is your ATV a farm machine?


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

A few weeks ago I started doing research on a topic for this Farm Safety Week column. What struck me was how often ATVs were included in the Agricultural Safety information. For example the bulleted points below are from a fact sheet by the American Society of Safety Engineers. As you can see, “ATV” is listed four times under Machinery Safety.

Machinery Safety

•Familiarize yourself with specific hazards associated with your machinery and ATV. Safe operating procedures are available in the owner’s manual.

•Do not carry passengers on ATVs designed for a single rider.

•Be aware of the risk of overturn when operating an ATV. Use extra caution on uneven terrain and ensure that all loads are appropriately balanced.

•Avoid wearing loose clothing or jewelry and keep hair tied back when operating machinery.

•Ensure completion of regular machine maintenance and inspection of safety guards.

•Do not make modifications to machinery not recommended by the manufacturer, including removing safety shields.

•Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when operating machinery, for example helmets with ATVs.

And from another source, the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, “Of the leading sources of fatal injuries to youth, 25 percent involved machinery, 17 percent involved motor vehicles (includes ATVs), and 16 percent were due to drowning.” “Nearly 80 percent of injured children were not actively working when the injury occurred.”

My thought when I put this together is ATVs have a work related purpose on the farm, but are often not being used for that purpose. Youth riding ATVs need training and supervision just like any other piece of equipment.

I want to end on a positive note, also from the National Children’s Center. “Over the eleven years from 1998 to 2009, the rate of childhood agricultural injuries per 1,000 farms (includes youth who live on, visit, and are hired to work on farms) declined by 57 percent (from 16.6 to 7.2). The rate of injuries per 1,000 household youth (those living on farms) declined by 60 percent (from 18.8 to 7.5) during that same period. We are making progress!




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Forest Pest First detector workshop in Red Wing

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Minnesota is looking for volunteers to join the hundreds of citizens who already have stepped up to help keep an eye out for new infestations of emerald ash borer and other destructiv ..... 
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Livestock gross margin - dairy insurance

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Many dairy operators are expressing concern today about milk and feed prices and how they will plan ahead to maintain and strengthen their business positions. A common recommendation in risk management states that not only should one be protecting ..... 
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Beef Ambassador team members sought in MN

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Minneapolis, MN- Applications are currently being accepted for the MN Beef Ambassador Team for 2013. The MN Beef Ambassador team provides an opportunity for youth to educate consumers and students about beef nutrition, food safety and stewardship an ..... 
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Final on-farm dairy meeting for 2012

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The final on-farm dairy meeting offered by University of Minnesota Extension this summer will be held Thursday, September 20, 9:30am-12:00pm (Winona County) at the Kieffer Farm, Gary & Linda Kieffer, 26234 Cty Rd 33, Utica, MN. The farm is located s ..... 
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Crop production field day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

A Crop Production Field day will be held on the Lawler Farm on Wednesday, August 29. The University of Minnesota has conducted agronomic research at this location for 25 years. Come and learn about new and existing research activities in southeast Mi ..... 
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Apply today for the American Farm Bureau County Activities of Excellence contest

Tue, Aug 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Farmers and county Farm Bureaus across Minnesota are encouraged to apply for the County Activities of Excellence (CAE) program. This national contest is designed to celebrate and recognize successful county programs and activities. With a focus on t ..... 
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Small scale pork and poultry production

By Jerrold Tesmer

Tue, Aug 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

On the afternoon of August 25th, Hoch Orchard and Gardens will host University of Minnesota Extension for a field workshop on poultry and hog production near La Crescent, Minnesota. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about free-range poul ..... 
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Organic farm report shows fairly strong farm performance last year

Mon, Aug 13th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new report issued by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) shows that 2011 was generally a good year for certified organic crop producers in the state, and somewhat challenging for organic dairy farms, although there was ..... 
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