National Farm Safety and Health Week

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Starting Monday, it is National Farm Safety and Health Week and experts are speaking on the struggles of the profession.
The wet conditions this year made it hard for farmers to get their crops planted this year, but along with weather the manual labor and economic aspect of the job can be stressful.
Adams County Farm Bureau President Shawn Valter said it is important to discuss mental health among each other and get help if needed especially when it comes to talking about suicide.
“We just want people to know there is help out there, if they are going through tough times, they can reach out to the hotline number, ” Valter said. “We always promote that in our farm bureau paper, so there are resources here in our community.”

Another focus during this week is tractor and rural roadway safety.

Farmer Bobby Baker said it can be an added danger sharing the roads with cars.

“As farmers we don’t want to be on the roadway any more than the general public wants us to be on the roadway,”Baker said. “If we are on the road it just means we are not getting work done, we are getting to a different field, people flying past us, that’s not gonna do anything but get somebody hurt.”

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255.

To read more on National Farm Safety and Safety Week click here.

  • Monday, September 16, 2019 – Tractor Safety & Rural Roadway Safety
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019 – Farmer Health & Opioid/Suicide Prevention
  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019 – Safety & Health for Youth in Agriculture
  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 – Confined Spaces in Agriculture
  • Friday, September 20, 2019 – Safety & Health for Women in Agriculture

Drew Brown

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