The first half of 2016 has been a busy time in the KFB Safety Division.
So far in 2016, five farmers have lost their lives working to provide food, fiber and fuel for the rest of us. These farmers are real people who loved and were loved and who certainly didn’t expect to end up as a statistic. Needless to say, promoting farm safety is a top priority at Kansas Farm Bureau.
County Farm Bureaus may request the safety manager attend their event to talk about farm safety and demonstrate various safety scenarios to their target audience. Tips for staying safe on the farm were presented to over 500 people (of all age groups!) at various locations across Kansas since January.
Radio and TV spots promoting farm safety (Ag Safety Awareness Program Week, Driving with Reason During Farming Season, the KFB Safety poster program and identifying depression in farmers) reached thousands more. Additionally, relevant safety tips appear weekly in the KFB E-news.
KFB has held a safety poster program every year since 1950. The goal of this program is to help youth think “safety minded”. This year’s entries were judged in April and the top five winning posters from each of the three categories (grades 1 & 2, grades 3 & 4 and grades 5 & 6) will be on display during the Kansas State Fair at the Kid’s Corner in Ag Central.
Professional development is important too! In April, your farm safety manager was able to attend the National Safety Conference in Alabama to learn from - and network with – other farm safety professionals from Farm Bureaus across the US. In May she was able to participate in KU’s grain engulfment rescue training with fire fighters from the Junction City/Fort Riley area.
It's difficult to know how much these safety efforts pay off but from some of the comments received, impressions that will likely last a lifetime are made during farm safety demonstrations.
Stay safe out there!