Farmers and ranchers across the nation are preparing for Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week, March 7 to 11. The goal of this week is to reduce the number of farm work related injuries and deaths by increasing safety and health awareness and promoting safety practices.
The U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers are joining American Farm Bureau Federation in keeping friends and family safe and healthy this year by recognizing common agricultural hazards with the theme “Prepare. Prevent. Protect.”
Farm Bureau and U.S. Ag Centers will focus on sharing information about a different safety area each day of Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week:
- Monday, March 7 – Livestock
- Tuesday, March 8 – Cost of Safety-Finances
- Wednesday, March 9 – Disaster Preparedness
- Thursday, March 10 – Youth Safety
- Friday, March 11 – Equipment Safety
“The safety of everyone on the farm is our top priority,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall. “We encourage farmers and ranchers to take advantage of all the resources available during Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week and make safety a priority year-round,” he said.
The Agricultural Safety Awareness Program is a part of the Farm Bureau Health and Safety Network of professionals who share an interest in identifying and decreasing safety and health risks. For more information and resources, visit the ASAP Facebook page.
In addition to the daily emphasis, you can visit the Ag Centers’ YouTube channel for more learning activities. The YouTube channel provides new content and fresh ideas about how to stay safe while working in agriculture, forestry and fishing. For example, the Silage Safety Demo shows how to take certain precautions when it comes to leveling silage.
Join the movement to keep farms safe and share your own safety messages on social media using these hashtags: #KeepFarmsSafe #ASAP22 #USAgCenters. The 11 U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers are funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.