Edward J Sheldon

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It’s Time to Plant – With or Without COVID-19

By Edward J Sheldon / April 23, 2020 / 0 Comments

Source: Bill Field – Professor & Extension Safety Specialist and INPREPared (Shawn Ehlers, PhD., Ed Sheldon, M.S.) One of the early Church fathers was working in his garden when a passerby stopped and asked him what he would do if he was informed that the following day would be his last day on earth. Without…

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“Communicating with Farmers under Stress” Programs

By Edward J Sheldon / April 16, 2020 / 0 Comments

Source: Bryan Overstreet, Purdue Extension Educator – Jasper County The Purdue Extension  Farm Stress Team is offering the “Communicating with Farmers Under Stress” program at the end of April. This program is geared for those who work with producers in their professional capacities or those who want to learn about the signs of stress, how…

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New Climate Resources Available for Indiana

By Edward J Sheldon / April 16, 2020 / 0 Comments

Source: Hans Schmitz, Purdue Extension Educator – Posey County With the cool temperatures soon to be behind us, now is the time to be checking plants for any sustained frost damage.  When anticipating cold temperatures, many resources exist to evaluate the amount and area of cold expected.  Weather and climate resources may be difficult to…

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Gearing Up for Safety – Production Agriculture Safety Training for Youth

By Edward J Sheldon / April 14, 2020 / 0 Comments

The Gearing-Up-4-Safety curriculum helps youth aged 14-19 meet federal training requirements for agricultural employment. Presented by Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication, the curriculum includes 15 PowerPoint presentations with instructor notes, case studies, a glossary and student activity sheets.  The materials are available for free access at www.agsafety4youth.info. School closures due to…

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Smart technology in agriculture & the home: what is it and what is its impact on safety and efficiency?

By Edward J Sheldon / April 1, 2020 / 0 Comments

WEBINARWednesday, April 83:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET “Smart technology” is an umbrella term that encompasses many devices designed to make life easier for the user. Common types of smart technologies include watches, televisions, and a wide variety of other home devices (some that even respond to their own names). While marketed to the masses as…

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Health insurance options for farm families

By Edward J Sheldon / April 1, 2020 / 0 Comments

Source: National Farm Medicine Center Many farm families rely on off-farm jobs for health insurance, and the sudden layoffs and furloughs might mean that farm families are losing their coverage unexpectedly. Other families, who have not had insurance, might be looking to purchase a plan in these uncertain times. Health insurance marketplaces and eligibility criteria…

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Agriculture Industry Convenes for COVID-19 Discussion

By Edward J Sheldon / March 18, 2020 / 0 Comments

Source: Indiana State Board of Animal Health INDIANAPOLIS (March 18, 2020) – To provide guidance on the latest novel coronavirus (COVID-19) obstacles to agricultural producers, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture will be hosting a conference call on Friday, March 20, 2020. This call will focus on…

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Gov. Holcomb Announces More Steps to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

By Edward J Sheldon / March 16, 2020 / 0 Comments

Source: State of Indiana March 16, 2020 INDIANAPOLIS — In a continuing effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Eric J. Holcomb has announced additional efforts. The governor and other state officials will conduct a COVID-19 briefing today at 2:30 p.m. in the south atrium of the Indiana Statehouse with the latest…

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March 15-21, 2020 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana

By Edward J Sheldon / March 15, 2020 / 0 Comments

Source: National Weather Service Update – March 17 Due to ongoing and widespread concerns, it has been decided to cancel the statewide tornado drill that was set for Wednesday morning, March 18. This is still a good time to review your severe weather safety plan! www.ready.gov/plan #inwx #SvrWxPrepWeek The National Weather Service, in conjunction with the Indiana State Police,…

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USDA announces action plan for African swine fever

By Edward J Sheldon / March 9, 2020 / 0 Comments

Source: USDA APHIS WASHINGTON, March 6, 2020 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Greg Ibach today announced additional measures to control and eradicate African Swine Fever (ASF) if the virus is ever detected in the U.S.  “First and foremost, USDA is committed to doing all it can to…

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