Are you Ready… Emergency Preparedness?

Join us on September 13, 2023, for the Women in Agriculture next session.

Are you Ready… Emergency Preparedness?

What could be considered an emergency on your farm? Are you, your family members, and your employees prepared to respond to small- and large-scale incidents when they unexpectedly appear? More than stocking a first aid kit, this session will provide checklists and templates to help you create a customized emergency plan for your property in the event you need to take action.

To sign up for the Webinar: https://go.osu.edu/wiawednesdaywebinars2023

To see the official event flyer click September 2023 WIAWW.

Agriculture icon celebrates 60 years

Written by Ed Lentz, ANR Educator, Hancock County

Drivers may see the recognizable triangular orange symbol warning drivers of slow-moving vehicles in the area for the next two to four weeks as farmers gear up for crop planting. The emblem is required on farm vehicles moving less than 25 miles per hour and horse-drawn vehicles. What you may not know is that Ohio was an agricultural leader in the development of this SMV emblem.

In the late 1950s, two researchers in the Department of Agricultural Engineering of Ohio State University, Walter McClure and Ben Lamp, completed a 10-year retrospective study of fatal tractor accidents to understand the nature and causes of highway tractor collisions. They found a significant number of fatalities related to highway travel by slow-moving vehicles. Ohio State Highway Patrol, county sheriffs, and municipal police cooperated in a later study by gathering detailed data on 708 slow-moving vehicle accidents and estimated that 65% of the motor vehicle accidents involving slow-moving vehicles were rear-ended collisions. Continue reading

Safety Around Manure Pits

Tragedy struck a farm family in Mercer County when three brothers were killed after entering the manure storage on their dairy farm. This is an unimaginable loss and one that occurs way too often. It is hard to stand by and wait for help when a loved one is unconscious in a dangerous situation but we see time and again how entering to save them often leads to the death of another family member. Please be aware of all the dangers on your farm and inform your family and employees as well. To learn more about manure gasses, read this fact sheet.