Farm Safety
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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A new publication from Purdue Extension will help clarify the rules of the road for farmers. A Farmer's Guide to Indiana Transportation Regulations is designed to help farmers determine what category they fit in under state and federal transportation laws, then quickly look up the regulations that apply to them.
Improving Water Quality
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Hellbenders have been rapidly declining since the 1980s due to various factors, including poor water quality. Poor water quality is caused by a variety of ecological issues, one of which is land use along the river. In the new video "Improving Water Quality Around Your Farm," we focus on how farmers can use management practices on their farm that improve water quality while still meeting their production goals.
Pesticide
Pesticides are a great way for farmers and homeowners to protect plants against insects and disease. However, sometimes pesticide ends up where it isn't supposed to - on neighboring properties like homes, schools, and parks. This new publication explores this pesticide drift and what steps you can take to resolve it.
picture of the interior of a grain bin
After an unusually mild winter and with temperatures remaining above normal so far this spring, stored grain could be more susceptible to mold and spoilage from insects, a Purdue Extension grain storage specialist writes in a new article.

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