Caution - Safety is No Accident ASAP Week – March 6-12

Across the country, county and state Farm Bureaus are making safety a priority through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program (ASAP). This year’s theme for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) ASAP Week, March 6-12, is “Caution – Safety is No Accident.”

“It is very important for all of us to be mindful of all the things that we can get hurt in and take the needed steps to be safe,” said Mark Maiers, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Promotion & Education (P&E) chair from Sibley County.

During this week and throughout the year, Farm Bureau is encouraging farmers to emphasize a different aspect of safety each day:
*Monday: ATV Safety
*Tuesday: Youth Safety on the Farm
*Wednesday: Tractor Safety
*Thursday: Roadway Safety
*Friday: Grain Bin Safety

Farm safety is a top priority, and this emphasizes why, during ASAP Week and throughout the year, Farm Bureau focuses on making farms and ranches safer for farmers, their family members and employees.

“With a young child on the farm every day with us, her safety is a priority,” said Melinda Groth, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and MFBF P&E Committee member from Fillmore County. “It is too easy to forget that a farm accident can happen to your family. Taking an extra moment to think about farm safety is worth it for our children.”

ASAP is part of the Farm Bureau Safety and Health Network of professionals who share an interest in identifying and decreasing safety and health risks.

“Growing up on a farm, I never realized the dangers that were around us every day. When I came home to farm and had a few close calls myself, it reiterated to me the importance to teach others the things I learned the hard way,” said Nathan Collins, MFBF District IV board representative from Swift County. “This has completely changed the way we manage and look at safety on our farm. We do this to keep ourselves and our employees safe so that we can all go home to our families safe every night.”

“Farm safety is always a concern. I always remind my grandchildren, my children and my husband to be safe,” said Deb Durheim, MFBF P&E Committee member from Todd County. “A reminder of ‘Be Careful. We Love You.’ can be an important reminder to those we love.”

For farmers and ranchers, agricultural safety is their best investment. For resources to promote farm safety throughout the year, go to the AFBF Health and Safety page at fb.org/programs/healthandsafety/home/ and like the AFBF Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Facebook page.

“We can’t emphasize enough to remember to expect the unexpected and to always remember that you have people who love you. Take the time to be safe,” said Sarah Kuschel from Cass County.

Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation represents Farmers • Families • Food is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureaus across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers help develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. Join Farm Bureau today and support our efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota, www.fbmn.org.

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