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“Every Farmer Counts”: National Farm Safety & Health Week 2020

By Edward J Sheldon / August 26, 2020 / 0 Comments

The 2018 data for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the agricultural sector is still the most dangerous in America with 574 fatalities, or an equivalent of 23.4 deaths per 100,000 workers. Fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agriculture industry. For…

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Keeping Food Safe during Emergencies or Disasters

By Edward J Sheldon / August 21, 2020 / 0 Comments

It is recommended to have at least several days of food and water supplies in the event of an emergency. Many of us have refrigerators and freezers with plenty of food to make it through most any situation likely to happen here in Indiana. A few days snowed in (or perhaps a “stay at home”…

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IN-PREPared Extension Website Earns ASABE Blue Ribbon Award

By Edward J Sheldon / July 27, 2020 / 1 Comment

Source: Jesica Hollinger – Purdue Extension The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) recently awarded the Purdue Rural Emergency Preparedness program (IN-PREPared) with The Blue Ribbon Award for their efforts to provide disaster and emergency resources and training to Indiana residents, especially through their specially created website www.inprepared.org. Founded in 1907, ASABE is an…

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AgriSafe Webinar – Mental Health in Farm and Ranch Country: How Communities Can Help

By Edward J Sheldon / July 13, 2020 / 0 Comments

Thursday, July 30, 20201:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT SummaryIn rural communities, the stigma associated with mental distress is hard to confront. Rural agricultural residents pride themselves as hard-working and dedicated to the land. These characteristics are sometimes in direct conflict with asking for help and self-care, leaving those around them at a loss for words and…

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Roots of the Soil: Land Succession Issues among African American Farm Families

By Edward J Sheldon / July 13, 2020 / 0 Comments

Webinar held 8, 2020CLICK HERE to access an archived video of the program. When we consider the word “preparedness” situations such as being ready for severe weather, having an emergency plan for our family or farm, or maintaining a stock of food and water for an extended power outage or snowstorm usually come to mind.…

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Lots of heat on the way for Indiana

By Edward J Sheldon / July 10, 2020 / 0 Comments

The “dog days” of summer are here! The National Weather Service is predicting a significant heat wave for much of the Midwest beginning about July 15 and extending several days.  Heat indexes of 100o or higher are expected, which will be the hottest stretch of weather so far this season.  Extremely hot weather can cause…

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AgriSafe Webinar: Respirator Fit Testing in Agricultural Communities

By Edward J Sheldon / June 19, 2020 / 0 Comments

Wednesday, June 24, 20201:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT PresenterCharlotte Halverson, RN, BSN, COHN-SClinical Director, AgriSafe Network SummaryRespiratory PPE fit testing helps assure the best protection against dangerous airborne particles. Agricultural workers face a myriad of challenges in obtaining a proper fit test and who can provide this service. Additionally, there are gray areas of misunderstanding…

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Exercise Starter Kit for Workshop on Reconstituting Operations

By Edward J Sheldon / May 28, 2020 / 0 Comments

FEMA has developed an Exercise Starter Kit with sample documents your organization can use to conduct your own planning workshop to navigate the complexities of returning to full operations during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The Exercise Starter Kit includes a sample facilitator guide and conduct slides that are designed to be adapted and customized…

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Epidemic Preparedness for Community Organizations: A Facilitated Process

By Edward J Sheldon / May 26, 2020 / 0 Comments

Join the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) for a special webinar entitled Epidemic Preparedness for Community Organizations: A Facilitated Process! Wednesday May 27, 2020 1:00 pm EDT/12:00 CDT/11:00 MDT/10:00 PDTRegister at https://bit.ly/EDEN-SpecialWebinar-52720.  When EDEN’s Epidemic Preparedness for Community Organizations program was developed a few years ago, nobody was talking about coronavirus. But now, community organizations are serving their members…

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Purdue Ag. Safety and INPREP editorials and articles about COVID-19 and impacts on agriculture and farm families

By Edward J Sheldon / May 13, 2020 / 0 Comments

Farm families and agricultural workers (along with the rest of society) face unprecedented challenges during this unusual time. Issues such as coordinating e-learning and child care while trying to manage a busy planting season, concerns about COVID-19 striking employees or farm family members, and obtaining needed personal protective equipment are all topics that may not…

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