Easy there, lead foot!

Great advice from the Illinois Farm Bureau!

Standing Out in the Field

From the time crops went in the ground this spring, this year’s growing season has been nearly perfect. Beautiful weather, plenty of rain and moderate temperatures have made this summer one for the record books.

However, harvest may prove to be more challenging than the summer growing season. Rain continues in many areas of the state, which means farmers are finding it hard to get in the fields to get their crops out. And that also means long days and tight deadlines ahead, making harvest season one of the busiest times of year — and tempting farmers to bypass basic safety procedures.

Failure to follow basic safety procedures leads to thousands of injuries — in addition to reported deaths — for farmers and employees annually. In fact, farm-related deaths in Illinois have taken a jump after experiencing record lows last year. Twenty-one people were killed in farm-related incidents from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

Farm Deaths

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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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