Solar panels. Wind power. Alternative energy can be seen more and more in agriculture. The Iowa Farmer Today featured a small, organic farm family in New Hampton, Iowa who have taken steps to reduce the amount of energy they use.
The Farm Energy Working Group at Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) is interested too. The group is working with about 15 farmers in Iowa to monitor how much energy they use and ways they can reduce it.
After reading the article, I started wondering about how alternative energy might impact farm safety.
Will kids need to be careful around solar panels instead of electrical boxes some day? Will a rise in burning corn cobs as a heating source bring attention to burn and fire safety?
It’s a fascinating idea to consider. But as all farmers know, you can’t predict the future. So we’ll sit back and see what happens. And when the dust settles the entire farm safety industry will be ready to help you stay safe – whatever the new hazards may be.