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Purdue releases 2020 Indiana Farm Fatality Summary before National Farm Safety and Health Week

By Edward J Sheldon / September 16, 2021 / 0 Comments

Fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agricultural industry.  For this reason, September 19-25, 2021 is being recognized as National Farm Safety & Health Week, which has been observed the third week of September since 1944, when President Roosevelt proclaimed the first event.  The…

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Proper Maintenance Is Crucial to Prevent Combine Fires

By Edward J Sheldon / September 13, 2021 / 0 Comments

Harvest 2021 in Indiana is well underway! With warmer than normal and dry conditions forecasted for most of September, the potential for combine fires will increase. Combine fires cost farmers millions of dollars in damages every harvest. As harvest ramps up, be proactive and prevent or reduce the chance of combine fires before they happen!!…

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Low-head Dam Safety

By Edward J Sheldon / August 2, 2021 / 0 Comments

Source: Indiana Department of Homeland Security; “Hoosier Responder” Magazine, June 2021 With more than 150 low-head dams cataloged in Indiana, local emergency management officials and response agencies are encouraged to share information about low-head dams, where they are and how best to avoid them. RECREATIONAL SAFETYA reoccurring theme of dam related deaths is that victims…

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Hobby Flock Owners Should Keep Their Poultry Safe from Unknown Bird Ailment

By Edward J Sheldon / June 28, 2021 / 0 Comments

Source: Indiana State Board of Animal Health In light of recent reports of sick and dying songbirds throughout the state, veterinarians with the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) are encouraging hobby flock owners to take steps to protect their poultry. Late last week, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) advised Hoosiers to…

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Using Portable Generators Safely

By Edward J Sheldon / February 17, 2021 / 0 Comments

All of Indiana has been in a “deep freeze” the past several days, with the polar vortex bring cold and snowy conditions.  Fortunately, most of the state has avoided widespread power outages due to the weather, as has been seen in other states recently.  Sadly, one of the most common causes of death associated with…

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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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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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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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