There were 25 farm-related deaths in Indiana last year, an increase from 18 the previous year, according to Purdue University's 2014 Indiana Farm Fatality Summary. Despite the one-year increase, the report by Purdue's Agricultural Safety and Health Program said there remained an overall downward trend in the frequency of Indiana farm-related deaths since 1970.
After this year's record rainfall and flooding across parts of the Midwest, farmers should scout their fields carefully and be aware of any conditions that could damage crops during harvest, a Purdue Extension grain storage expert advises.
Purdue University-based Indiana AgrAbility and DuPont Pioneer have recognized several Indiana community service organizations for their successes in improving the lives of people with physical disabilities and limitations.
Purdue University's Extension Disaster Education Network has compiled a number of informational resources on a new website to help agricultural producers and homeowners affected by this summer's destructive floods in Indiana.
With heavy rains and high humidity expected to continue for the next few weeks across parts of the Midwest, a Purdue Extension specialist is advising corn and soybean producers to check their stored grain more frequently for signs of spoilage.
Homeowners wanting to repair their flood-damaged home should wait until the wood and other materials dry out enough so they don't cause more problems later, such as with mold, a Purdue Extension disaster education specialist says.
With parts of the Midwest experiencing wetter-than-normal weather conditions, a Purdue Extension forage specialist is urging farmers to make sure their hay is adequately dried before baling and storage to reduce the risk of barn fires.