Ag safety your best investment [UPDATED]Published 4:59am Monday, March 11, 2013 Updated 7:05am Monday, March 11, 2013
Across the nation, county and state Farm Bureaus have committed to making safety a top priority this spring through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program. Participants have designated March 3-9 Agricultural Safety Awareness Week, but is worth the investment of education anytime.
This year’s theme is “Agricultural Safety: Your Best Investment,” and the emphasis of the week is encouraging farmers to make safety a priority as they prepare to plant crops this spring.
Making safety a priority on the farm and ranch can save both lives and resources by preventing accidents, injuries and lost time.
“It’s important to take the time to do farm tasks in a safe manner. Each one of us can make a difference in the health and safety of loved ones and employees on the farm,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap. “The physical, emotional and financial consequences of a serious safety incident on the farm and ranch are well-documented. Investing time in advance to ensure safety recommendations are followed can prevent many incidents.”
Farm safety is a top priority, and this emphasizes why, during Ag Safety Awareness Week and throughout the year, Farm Bureau focuses on making farms and ranches safer for farmers, their family members and employees.
ASAP is part of the Farm Bureau Safety and Health Network of professionals who share an interest in identifying and decreasing safety and health risks. For more information, visit agsafetynow.com.
Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation represents Farmers • Families • Food is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureaus across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers help develop leadership skills and improve farm management.
Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. Join Farm Bureau today and support our efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota, www.fbmn.org.