Iowa Farm Safety and Health Week is Sept. 20-26 in conjunction with the National Farm Safety and Health Week. This year’s national theme is “Every farmer counts,” and that is an important reminder for everyone during this difficult 2020 harvest season.
The 77th observance of the National Farm Safety and Health Week comes during a year with plenty of challenges, including a pandemic, drought and the recent derecho windstorm. This week of safety and health observance helps Iowans focus on making safe decisions and using care while approaching dangerous work activities.
Join the Iowa Farm Safety Council, Iowa State University Extension, National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, and other safety organizations in promoting safety and health Sept. 20-26.
Beware of harvest hazards
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation Sept. 10 identifying Iowa with the most productive soil in the world and an impressive leader among producers of commodities in corn, hog, egg and red meat for the nation. Last year, Iowa agriculture harvested more than $14 billion worth of corn and soybeans.
The most dangerous industry in the U.S. is still agriculture, and the busy harvesttime is when many of the injuries occur. It’s critical to make safety a personal priority during harvest.
Harvest season is the best time to encourage Iowans to put farm safety into practice by:
- using tractors with rollover protective structures (ROPS)
- becoming a strong advocate for your personal safety.
- making safe choices while harvesting downed corn
- communicating effectively about potential hazards on Iowa roadways
More information is on the ISU farm safety website. To reach Charles Schwab, ISU Extension safety specialist and professor of ag and biosystems engineering, call 515-294-4131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.