As many well know, farming is one of the most hazardous professions in the nation, consistently ranking in the top 10 most dangerous jobs. There are many reasons for this, including the long hours, working around large and heavy machinery, as well as the extreme age ranges, and complacency that can happen when you live and work in the same place. If you are injured, the time away from your work, and the costs that are associated with it can be substantial. Because of this, a reminder about safety practices is always a good idea.
On March 6, K-State Research and Extension, along with Kansas Farm Bureau of Ellis County, will host A.S.A.P, or Ag Safety Awareness Program. This program has been created with today’s youth in mind, but open and important to all age ranges. Topics that will range from working around ATVs, skid steers, and heavy equipment. The program will also cover how to work around animals, as well as personal protection practices.
The program begins at 9 a.m. on March 6 at the Ag Research Center in Hays and will run until 2:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend but RSVPs are needed for meals and snacks. Contact 785-628-9430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information. Safety is an integral part of being a farmer and a good review is an important step to ensuring its practices on your farm.
Alicia Boor is the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent with K-State Research and Extension – Cottonwood District. Contact her by email at email@example.com or call 620-793-1910.