Farm Safety
Timber Chopped and Stacked
Are you considering checking out the value of the timber on your land? Or are you planning a logging operation on your property? Join Purdue Extension and Lenny Farlee, Purdue University extension forester, on August 16th for a workshop to help prepare you for the challenges of managing your woodlands and working with local timber markets.
With planting season underway throughout Indiana, a Purdue Extension agricultural safety and health specialist is urging motorists and farmers alike to use caution when travelling on rural roadways.
The number of grain dust explosions in the United States fell to a 10-year low in 2016, but two of the incidents resulted in the first reported fatalities since 2013, according to an annual report released by Purdue University's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
As winter temperatures fall across Indiana, the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning may go up on farms if equipment and vehicles are run with improper ventilation, Purdue Extension safety specialist Bill Field says.
Purdue University's annual Indiana Farm Fatality Summary reported 28 farm-related deaths in 2015, a 10 percent increase from the 2014 total of 25. However, overall trends are still declining. Statistics were collected by the Purdue University Agricultural Safety and Health Program from news reports, Internet searches, personal interviews and reports from individuals and Extension educators.
photo of a combine engulfed in flames
Farmers should regularly inspect their combines' machinery, fuel lines and electrical systems during harvest season to prevent fires, a Purdue Extension safety specialist says.
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Sinkholes can have an adverse effect to our water quality. In this video, Purdue biologists interview a local cave expert and a local conservationist about how sinkholes are connected to our rivers, streams, and water supplies and how we can help protect them.

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