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Farmers, ranchers focus on ag safety


By Julie Tomascik

Safety is a priority on Texas farms and ranches, and additional emphasis is being placed on farm safety this week through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program.

As part of the program, March 3-9 has been designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week.

U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers is joining efforts with the American Farm Bureau Federation and state Farm Bureaus to promote the week. This year, the theme is “Safety: Know Your Limits.”

The program aims to keep those in agriculture safe and healthy by helping them recognize common dangers to physical and mental health.

A different safety focus will be highlighted each day of the week, including:

Monday, March 4 – Emergency Preparedness
Tuesday, March 5 – Livestock
Wednesday, March 6 – Heat Stress and Hydration
Thursday, March 7 – Roadway Safety
Friday, March 8 – Hearing Safety

Throughout the week and the year, Farm Bureau encourages farmers and ranchers to make safety a priority on the farm.

Join the conversation this week on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #ASAP19 and #KeepFarmsSafe.

For more information and resources, visit the ASAP Facebook page.

The 11 U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers are funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

For content and ideas about how to stay safe while working in agriculture, forestry and fishing, visit the U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers’ YouTube channel.

The Texas Department of Insurance Division of Workers’ Compensation Workplace Safety also offers tips for farm tractor road safety.