MANHATTAN – Keeping Kansans safe has always been an important mission of Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB). During Kansas Agriculture Month, KFB encourages farmers and ranchers to be aware of farm safety programs available to keep themselves and their friends and families safe.
For more than 70 years, Kansas Farm Bureau, the state’s largest farm organization, has had staff dedicated to safety and health issues for farmers.
“At Kansas Farm Bureau we understand keeping our farm families safe is an important task,” says Serita Blankenship, KFB’s Farm Safety and Agriculture Education manager. “We appreciate our volunteers who help spread the safety message.”
KFB also will join Farm Bureaus across the nation for Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week, which takes place March 1-7. U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers will join Farm Bureau in promoting the week with its theme “20:20 Vision on Ag Safety.”
Farm Bureau and U.S. Ag Centers will focus on a different safety area each day of ASAP Week:
- Monday, March 2 – Mental Health
- Tuesday, March 3 – Transportation Safety
- Wednesday, March 4 – Weather Disasters
- Thursday, March 5 – Confined Spaces
- Friday, March 6 – Farmer Wellness
KFB encourages farmers and ranchers to follow KFB’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KansasFarmBureau where they can share their stories of farm safety with hashtags like #KeepFarmsSafe, #ASAP20, #USAgCenters and #Myksfarmlife.
While KFB is celebrating safety in March, we know the need or training and education is constant. That’s why county Farm Bureaus provide hundreds of farm safety programs every year for thousands of adults and children.
KFB offers a multitude of Do-It-Yourself programs for volunteers and those interested in learning more. An annual safety poster program provides an opportunity for children to learn, consider and draw ways to stay safe on the farm. Kansas Farm Bureau is the only organization in the state that tracks farm accidents — something it’s done since 1980.
For more information on farm safety, visit www.kfb.org/Education/Safety.