AEM Encourages Safety 365

Kelly Marshall

June is National Safety Month, but the Association for Equipment Manufacturers is encouraging those who operate machinery to practice safety 365 days a year. “The message of safety is one we should never get complacent about. We need to wake up every day, 365 days a year, with a commitment to being safety conscious,” said James Vos, AEM safety materials …

FMC & ARA Hosting Safety Planning Workshop

Lizzy Schultz

FMC Corporation has shown tremendous continued support for the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) through the company’s sponsorship of the ARA Conference & Expo. In the new year, FMC will also sponsor a workshop with ARA that will focus on preparing, responding, and sustaining a crisis plan. This new workshop stems from a crisis communications workshop that FMC has held for …

Peer Review Study Finds Insecticides Are Low Risk

Kelly Marshall

A new risk assessment published in a peer-reviewed journal has found use of registered neonicotinoid imidacloprid in the United States is of low risk for sensitive aquatic invertebrates, or the wildlife that depend on them for their diet. This product is one of the most commonly used insecticides because it offers effective and safe control of pests. Because aquatic invertebrates …

Farm Safety for Just Kids Disbands After 3 Decades

Kelly Marshall

2016 will mark the end of Farm Safety for Just Kids (FS4JK). The Board of Directors has announced that further education, research and outreach will happen through the Progressive Agriculture Foundation (PAF). PAF has a similar mission and founder Marilyn Adams likens it to “sending your child off to college.” Motivated by her own family’s tragic circumstances surrounding a farm …

PrecisionHawk Forms Strategic Partnerships

Kelly Marshall

In today’s world customers are better served when companies work together.  That’s why PrecisionHawk has formed two new partnerships to bring solutions to drone users. This first is a collaboration with Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing and leader in providing information for decision-making.  The two have announced an alliance to offer expansive aerial technology services in the commercial and enterprise markets. …

USDA Offers Certification Through GroupGAP

Kelly Marshall

The USDA is now offering a new certification program designed to assist small and mid-sized producers and cooperatives meet food safety requirements.  This new GroupGAP program will be handled through the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). “We know that GAP certification can sometimes be cost-prohibitive for smaller farmers,” said AMS Administrator Elanor Starmer. “GroupGAP allows these farmers to demonstrate compliance with …

Grain Bin Safety Important To Farmers

Taylor Truckey

NCGA is reminding farmers that having grain bin safety procedures in place, especially this time of year, is critical. With farmers across the Midwest in the middle of harvest, NCGA is offering a video (below) highlighting the proper safety procedures & helpful guidelines to keep our farmers safe while working in or around grain bins on the farm. First released …

Lawmakers Ask FDA to Help Farmers with FSMA

Cindy Zimmerman

Senator Chris Murphy and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, both Democrats from Connecticut, this week joined with 12 other members of Congress in calling for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to implement programs to help family farmers and ranchers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). In letters to FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Stephen Ostroff, the lawmakers stressed the importance …

UAV Safety Campaign Announced by NAAA

Kelly Marshall

The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) is  begining a UAV safety campaign aimed at the agriculture community.  The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness and prevent accidents between UAV operators and low-altitude manned aircraft.  The first step of the campaign was to create a UAV “safety stuffer,” a double-sided insert that illustrates safety concerns of pilots about hard-to-see UAVs.  The …

Call 811 for Farm Safety

Cindy Zimmerman

Despite knowing there is risk in digging, a recent poll conducted by Enbridge Energy Partners shows over 70 percent of farmers and ranchers have never called 811 to have pipelines marked before beginning a digging project, putting themselves and their operation at risk. The survey suggests misconceptions about the 811 service discourage farmers from making the call. For example, two-thirds …