Northwest Iowa — This week, September 16th through the 20th, is National Farm Safety & Health Week, a time for farmers to be mindful of the potential hazards they encounter each and every day.
Beginning in 1944, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety & Health Week. This recognition has been an annual promotion, first initiated by the National Safety Council and has been proclaimed as such by each sitting U.S. President since Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the first document. The development and dissemination of National Farm Safety and Health Week is led by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), the agricultural partner of the National Safety Council.
The 2019 theme for National Farm Safety & Health Week is “Shift Farm Safety into High Gear”.
Each day this week, they have been focusing on a different topic, including Tractor and Rural Roadway Safety, Farmer Health and Opioid/Suicide Prevention, Safety & Health for Youth in Agriculture, Confined Spaces in Agriculture, and Safety & Health for Women in Agriculture.
Some northwest Iowa FFA chapters are driving home the safety message with area students.
A Farm Safety Day Camp for Sheldon students was held last week at Sheldon High School. The students were exposed to numerous stations, each featuring a different potential hazard that can be encountered around the farm.
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