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Farm Safety Week begins; area Ag leaders sponsor programs

Several area businesses are hosting or sponsoring programs this week to promote farm safety. This week – September 15 thru the 21st – is National Farm Safety Week.

"Working Together for Safety in Agriculture" is the popular theme that finds Iroquois Memorial Hospital coordinating a health and safety event Wednesday 9/18).

A program at Mowrey's Auction Company at Stockland finds several businesses onboard, reinforcing the importance of us all making a joint effort to be sure farmers make it home to their family at night.

Agriculture is the largest industry in Iroquois County. Agriculture is more than seven-times as hazardous as other U.S. industries. And, in 2010, 476 farmers and farm workers died from a work-related injury.

IMH is committed to making safety a top priority this fall. IMH will offer health screens at Wednesday's event at the Mowrey Auction site. The Milford FFA, Milford Fire Protection District, banks, grain companies, and others will also participate.


Farm Credit Services sponsors "Meals-in-the-Field" ....

Also as part of Farm Safety Week, Farm Credit Services of Watseka again visits area farmsites with its "Meals in the Field" program. MORE >

Each day this week, the Farm Credit Service office personnel will provide a lucky farm family operation with a lunch meal delivered on-location. The event promotes farm safety, asking each farming operation to make sure they've reviewed their safety procedures as the fall harvest begins.

Staff members will deliver lunch to a farm family operation and WGFA will visit the Meal-in-the-Field recipients to talk about the harvest and farm safety.

94.1 FM, WGFA