Visitors to the Farm Safety Demonstration Area at Penn State's Ag Progress Days will learn more about the dangers of ATV rollovers.
There will be six total demonstrations — at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Aug. 10 and 12 — showing how incidents can be avoided and best practices for injury prevention.
On Aug. 11, agricultural safety specialists will hold two rescue demonstrations to highlight the types of rescue devices and training available to first responders for proper management of on-farm incidents. These demonstrations will take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Visitors to the Rural Health and Safety Tent, at the end of West Sixth Street and adjacent to the Farm Safety Area, can also take advantage of a variety of free health screenings and information. Health specialists will offer blood pressure readings, stroke-risk assessments, hearing screenings, and concussion information and education from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
New this year is a presentation titled, “Smart Technology for Ag Health and Wellness,” offered at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 11 by Judd Michael, Nationwide Insurance professor of safety and health, at the American National/Farm Family Learning Center on East Ninth Street.
Also, representatives from AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians will be on hand at the Rural Health and Safety Tent to provide information on farming with a disability or a long-term health condition. Visitors will be able to see farm-related assistive technology demonstrations, visit with occupational therapists, gain ideas for modifying their workspaces around the farm, and learn about AgrAbility services for individuals farming with a disability.
Pesticide applicators can earn one core pesticide credit by attending a 30-minute presentation about personal protective equipment, which will be conducted by a rural health farm worker protection safety specialist at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Aug. 10 and 12, and at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Aug 11.
Sponsored by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Ag Progress Days is held at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 10; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 11; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 12.
Admission and parking are free.
For more information, visit the Ag Progress Days website. Twitter users can find and share information about the event by using the hashtag #agprogressdays, and the event also can be found on Facebook.