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It just became easier to improve tractor safety


By Michael Cruse

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

By Michael Cruse

Extension Educator for

Fillmore and Houston Counties

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture recently started up a rebate program for installing rollover protection structures or ROPS on tractors. A rollover protection structure is either a roll bar or cage that, when used in conjunction with a seat belt, keeps tractor drivers within a protective zone when a rollover occurs. You have likely seen these bars extending up behind the seats of cabless tractors at your local implements.

While basically all new tractors have had a ROPS installed since 1985, older tractors that are still in use today often do not. In addition, many ROPS systems have been removed by farmers due to clearance issues within buildings and because they claim the bar obstructs their view when working. With the percentage of people who die or are seriously injured during tractor rollover accidents, the question has become how we get ROPS installed and used correctly on more farm tractors?

One of the limiting factors to getting ROPS widely installed is the price of the equipment. These structures cannot and should not be built at home. In a rollover they have to withstand significant stress that requires proper engineering, construction and installation. This means that certified ROPS should be ordered from tractor manufacturers and installed by approved agricultural equipment dealers. This, for some, can get pricey. The new Minnesota Department of Agriculture ROPS Rebate Program looks to limit the financial burden by covering up to 70% of the costs of a ROPS and limiting applicants’ cost to no more than $500 per tractor.

This program is very similar to those in seven other states including New York and Wisconsin. These programs have seen a ten-fold increase in their ROPS installations since they began in 2006. The Minnesota program is supported by significant contributions from Cargill, CHS, ADM and Land O’Lakes in addition to the State of Minnesota. For those interested in having a ROPS installed on their equipment, I highly encourage you to call the toll-free number (877) ROPS- R4U (877-767- 7748). Those who answer your call will be able to help you source equipment, find a dealer approved for installation, and help you work through the rebate process.

If you still need some convincing on whether you should install ROPS on your tractors, please consider the following poi .....
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Bathke apprehended after escaping custody

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Police Reports

On Tuesday, July 5, at 6:15 a.m., a Fillmore County correction officer was unable to account for a prisoner during breakfast wake up. It was then determined that this prisoner, 19-year-old Dylan Bathke, had escaped custody. Bathke was being held ..... 
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Preston Dairy & Farm enjoying expanded, efficient new space

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

After 45 years of calling the downtown area of Preston home, Preston Dairy and Farm is feeling right at home in their new location on the north edge of town at the corner of Highway 52 and 16. Growth in business over the last six years, combined wit ..... 
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Brighter days ahead at Preston Service Plus

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Preston Service Plus is a local business that recently took advantage of utility rebates to upgrade the lighting in their facility. With the help of Steve Almos (right), Preston Public Utilities Energy Services Representative, the owners were able t ..... 
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Preston to negotiate with Mediacom

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner At the July 5 meeting of the Preston City Council, City Administrator Joe Hoffman reported that the Mediacom franchise agreement will expire on April 23, 2019. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Mediacom can initiate a renewal ..... 
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Triplet calves born to Scheevel’s

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

On June 8, 2016, the dairy herd of Dave and Kathy Scheevel of Preston had a nice addition. This 5 1/2 year old cow, in her fourth pregnancy, gave birth to triplets. The three were all bulls, with two weighing about 45 pounds each and one weighing 60 ..... 
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Bathke escapes custody

Tue, Jul 5th, 2016
Posted in Preston Police Reports

By Sheriff Tom Kasse Today, Tuesday July 5, at 6:15 a.m., a Fillmore County correction officer, during breakfast wake up, was unable to account for a prisoner. It was then determined that this prisoner had escaped custody. The prisoner is identifie ..... 
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KFIL receives key to the city of Preston

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Local radio station KFIL received a key to the city of Preston in honor of their 50th Anniversary on June 27, 2016. Pictured are, left to right, back row: Shari Hanson, Bill Bentson, and Bruce Fishbaugher; middle row: Devon Krueger, Bryan Dawson, Be ..... 
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Farm Service Agency county committee nomination period open

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that the nomination period for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees began Wednesday, June 15, 2016. “Through the ..... 
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