Farmers fight – Stand up

The Texas Department of Agriculture tweeted the following this morning:

“Anyone who thinks agriculture doesn’t touch their lives needs to watch a new video making the rounds.”

Color me curious.

So I watched.

Color me impressed.

The passion of this woman is contagious. She doesn’t just know what she’s saying is truth, she believes it. She feels it. I’ve seen this video on dozens of other agriculture related Twitter feeds and Facebook pages since.

Agriculture is an industry of do-ers. Farmers and ranchers are hard workers. Nose to the grindstone people. They have to be in order to accomplish the massive task of providing food and fiber to – not just the nation – but the world. Trouble is they’ve been so busy doing they haven’t noticed what’s going on around them. People are talking. In the past agriculture has been too busy to join the conversation. As a result, people started taking the agriculture industry for granted.

But the wind is shifting. This video is proof. Agriculture is making its voice heard. Agvocacy is growing. The conversation finally got squeaky enough to be greased.

So I ask…

Will farm safety be part of that conversation?
Should it be part of the conversation?

In the past 2 days I’ve heard about 4 farm safety accidents. A 4-year-old is in fair condition. Families across the country are mourning the loss of a 3-year-old, a 9-year-old, and a 77-year-old.

Two days. And there are probably more I don’t know about.

Yes. Farm safety has to be part of the conversation. So the question becomes, how do we get people fired up about it? In the past the most passionate farm safety advocates were born out of a tragedy. It became reactive instead of proactive. We’re trying to make that change.

How can you help?

Farm safety advocates – STAND UP!

Written by Tracy Schlater, marketing director for Farm Safety 4 Just Kids.
Must be 18 years old to participate. 

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About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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3 Responses to Farmers fight – Stand up

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  2. Thanks for stopping by, Dakota! The agvocacy movement is incredible. The unfortunate truth is most of the time people don’t become a safety agvocate until they have personal experience. We’re trying to change that. The industry depends on it.

  3. Tracy, I am so glad you decided to watch this video! I am apart of the Farmers Fight group that started on Texas A&M University’s campus. We are wanting just what you asked your readers to do- stand up. Stand up and speak about what they know and educate others. -Dakota @ texasagdakotastyle.wordpress.com

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