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Ag safety week highlights hazards facing farmers

Ag safety week highlights hazards facing farmers
Farming ranks as the most dangerous industry in the United States. According to the National Safety Council, every year there are 20 farm work-related deaths for every 100,000 workers, which is six times higher than the combined average for all U.S. workers.



Follow product guidelines and use caution with heating appliances

Follow product guidelines and use caution with heating appliances
When the weather turns cold, some farmers and homeowners spend time in unheated barns or workshops, and some rely on wood-burning stoves or space heaters to heat the buildings.



Proper precautions prior to digging keeps family farms safe

Proper precautions prior to digging keeps family farms safe
April is National Safe Digging Month, and it’s the perfect time to emphasize how farmers can ensure the safety of family, farms and neighbors.



Get youself—and your home—prepared for summer storms

Get youself—and your home—prepared for summer storms
Hurricanes often make more headlines during the summer and fall, but the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety cautions homeowners to not underestimate the destructive and deadly force of thunderstorms.



Child safety guidelines for farms available online

Child safety guidelines for farms available online
A coalition of farm and ranch parents and agricultural organizations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, has released a set of guidelines to help parents and others in assigning appropriate tasks for youth who live or work on farms and ranches.



Drivers urged to watch for farm equipment on highways

Drivers urged to watch for farm equipment on highways
Fall is one of the busiest times for farmers to move harvesting equipment on public roads. This is a fact Virginia Farm Bureau Federation members, like Will Roberts of Pittsylvania County, would like to drive home to those unfamiliar with farm machinery.



High heat in summer poses risks to farmers

With temperatures soaring into the 90s or higher, heat-related illnesses become a serious occupational hazard for farmers and others who work outdoors.



Checking equipment can prevent hay-cutting accidents

Farmers who are getting ready to cut and bale hay should make a habit of checking equipment before heading out to the field.



Sharing rural roads: Distance and speed are important factors

One of the most important symbols on U.S. rural roads turns 53 years old this year. The red-and-orange triangular slow-moving vehicle emblem adorns the rear of thousands of pieces of farm equipment in Virginia; yet every year there are collisions between automobiles and tractors.



Agricultural safety week to focus on farmers’ best investment

Agricultural safety week to focus on farmers’ best investment
Agricultural safety is one of the best investments for farmers and ranchers.



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