As I sit here and write my column, I keep getting interrupted by emails letting me know other County Farm Bureau offices are closed due to weather (Tuesday, February 26). All of these offices are farther south than we are and it has yet to start snowing here. They can certainly keep it down there! I would prefer a nice warm winter rain. I also have to laugh as I keep checking the radar and it shows it has been snowing here since around 8 a.m.! I took a chance back in September and pre-ordered ice melt from our supply company for the office. My goal behind this was to not need it. I had hoped the board would get the chance to say I was crazy for buying ahead of time, but that didn’t work out so well for me! Luckily it is moisture and we know we will need it for this year’s crops.
The Women’s Committee would like to thank all of those who gave to their American Red Cross blood drive. We had 20 units of blood collected which is a high for us these past few years. Back when we were one of the only drives, we used to collect around 60 pints. We will take what we can get.
Across the nation, county and state Farm Bureaus have committed to making safety a top priority this spring through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program. March 3-9 is Agricultural Safety Awareness Week.
This year’s theme is “Agricultural Safety: Your Best Investment,” and the emphasis of the week is encouraging farmers to make safety a priority as they prepare to plant crops this spring. Making safety a priority on the farm can save both lives and resources by preventing accidents, injuries, and lost time.
According to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
• Every day, 243 agricultural workers suffer lost-work-time injury. Five percent of these injuries result in permanent impairment. That equates to 12 workers daily who sustain injuries resulting in permanent disabilities.
• Approximately 1,783,000 full time workers were employed in production agriculture in the U.S. in 2009. During this same year, 440 farmers and farm workers died from a work-related injury for a fatality rate of 24.7 deaths per 100,000 workers.
• Between 1992 and 2009, 9,003 farmers and farm workers died from work-related injuries in the U.S. The leading cause of death for these workers was tractor overturns, accounting for more than 90 deaths annually.
The most effective way to prevent tractor-overturn deaths is the use of a Roll-Over Protective Structure (ROPS) with a seatbelt. In 2006, only 59 percent of tractors used on U.S. farms were equipped with ROPS.
Further Ag statistics compiled by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health indicate:
• Over the eleven years from 1998 to 2009, the rate of childhood agricultural injuries per 1,000 farms (includes youth who live on, visit, and are hired to work on farms) declined by 57 percent (from 16.6 to 7.2). The rate of injuries per 1,000 household youth (those living on farms) declined by 60 percent (from 18.8 to 7.5) during the same period.
• On average, 113 youth less than 20 years of age die annually from farm-related injuries (1995-2002), with most of these deaths occurring among youth 16-19 years of age (34 percent).
These statistics show why it is important to focus on Ag Safety Awareness Week. While the numbers are decreasing when it comes to injuries and deaths, there is always time and room to slow down and take a moment to think before reacting.
Farm Bureau Classifieds
Carroll County Farm Bureau members can place up to two (2) free classified ads per week, with a limit of 250 characters per ad (not including spaces). Ads are limited to personal or farm items for sale/wanted to buy, or farm labor or services available or wanted. No ads for the sale or rental of real estate, garage sales, or commercial businesses will be accepted. To place an ad, call the Farm Bureau office at 815- 244-3001 by noon Friday to get your ad in the following week’s paper.
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