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Celebrating National Farm Safety & Health Week

September 18, 2020
Megan Hasenour | Marketing Communications Manager




Now more than ever, a dependable food supply is crucial. We all need to eat, and American farmers, like many essential food industry businesses, are hard at work providing quality and sustainable ingredients to feed our communities.
 
Fall harvest can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for local farmers. For this reason, it’s important to recognize this week as National Farm Safety and Health Week, September 20-26, 2020.
 
In 2018 data for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the agricultural sector is still the most dangerous in America with 574 fatalities, or an equivalent of 23.4 deaths per 100,000 workers. Fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agriculture industry.
 
Let’s prioritize the health and safety of our local farmers’ this harvest season by pulling over and stopping as farm equipment safely passes by. Let’s be safe and share the road this harvest season.
 
About National Farm Safety Week
The third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week. This annual promotion initiated by the National Safety Council has been proclaimed as such by each sitting U.S. President since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944. National Farm Safety and Health Week is led by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), the agricultural partner of the National Safety Council.
 
The theme for National Farm Safety and Health Week 2020 is “Every Farmer Counts”. This theme is one that reminds us that it is in everyone’s best interest to prioritize the health and safety of those who work so hard to provide our abundant supply of food, fiber and fuel.
 
Along with the theme for the week, the daily focuses are:
  • Monday - Tractor Safety & Rural Roadway Safety
  • Tuesday - Overall Farmer Health
  • Wednesday - Safety & Health for Youth in Agriculture
  • Thursday - Emergency Preparedness in Agriculture
  • Friday - Safety & Health for Women in Agriculture
 
As we recognize National Farm Safety and Health Week this September, please join us in spreading awareness of the risks associated with working in agriculture and promoting safe and healthy practices through the harvest season and beyond.
 
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