Monthly Archives: May 2012

Tip: Chemical safety

Ask someone about farm chemicals and their first response will probably be pesticides or insecticides.  But it’s so much more than that. Gas, diesel fuel, anti-freeze, motor oil, and coolant required for equipment are considered chemicals, as are household products … Continue reading

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You asked for: Careers

A few days ago, we got a tweet from the Illinois Farm Bureau’s Youth Education in Agriculture requesting a post on careers in farm safety. You ask, we’ll deliver. So I started researching. The variety of farm safety efforts and … Continue reading

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Resource: UL Safety Smart

Underwriters Laboratories, the people who test the safety of various products, have created a pretty incredible website geared for kids – UL teamed with Disney to offer several Safety Smart video clips with characters like Timon and Pumba from … Continue reading

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Tip: Water safety

Water is the life blood coursing through every farm and ranch. Without it crops and livestock won’t survive. At the same time, it has the potential to put you in harm’s way. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety … Continue reading

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Safety is a two-way street

Spring has arrived! And with it comes farmers eager to get into the fields. A drive through the country proves it. Tractors are shuffling discs and anhydrous ammonia between fields. At this point even planters are bouncing around in fields … Continue reading

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What are today’s child labor laws?

Just because the proposed child labor laws have been dropped doesn’t mean you should forget about it. There are current laws that govern youth in agriculture. We’ll do our best to explain, with out all of the government speak. Last post … Continue reading

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April comment winner!

Once a month, The Next Generation blog will randomly select a commenter from the month to win $25. No strings attached. No hidden requirements. Comments are assigned a chronological number in the order received. SPAM comments will not be counted. … Continue reading

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Child labor laws: Did agriculture shoot itself in the foot?

The Department of Labor’s proposed changes to child labor laws within agriculture is dead in the water. Many are celebrating it as a win for agriculture. But before we bust out the party hats and crepe paper, realize only the … Continue reading

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