In the United States, more than 2 million youth work in agricultural production. Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is dedicated to increasing safety and health knowledge and reducing hazard and risk exposure to youth on farms and ranches.
"Agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries in the nation, and as such, thousands of youth are injured and hundreds are killed every year by hazards found on the farm," said USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics Ann Bartuska. "As youth play a vital role in the productivity of American agriculture, USDA has a responsibility to the education and resources needed to train youth in safe farming practices."
Dennis Murphy, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health at Penn State, explained that the new Safety in Agriculture for Youth project is designed to connect and enhance existing educational resources, create a centralized location for relevant training and safety materials, and raise awareness, access and utilization of farm safety materials by youth.
"This national collection of resources must be sensitive to all types and scales of production agriculture and to all ages and experience levels of target audiences," Murphy said
The project also hopes to develop and implement a national strategy to promote awareness and use of youth safety materials among farm safety instructors, parents, youth, 4-H programs and others.
Murphy pointed out that of the 28 ag-related fatalities that occurred in Pennsylvania in 2012, a quarter involved youth ages 19 and younger. "By creating a comprehensive and coordinated resource, we hope to reduce these kinds of tragedies on the nation's farms and ranches and impart safety knowledge and habits that will last throughout these young people's lifetimes," he said.
There is no doubt that farm safety is important for those in the agricultural industry. What about the weekend farmers and the preppers? Farm safety is essential for those persons. Being self sustainable is paramount.
Farm safety is more than teaching the “one seat, one rider” rule for tractors or teaching children not to play on or around idle equipment. It is about the proper storage of chemicals, pesticides and cleaning products. It is about more than fencing up ponds or manure pits. It is about knowing the right mixtures for soils and fertilizers.
DoomsdayPreppersTraining.com offers training related to prepper issues, including independent farming. This unit of the training emphasizes learning when the growing seasons are, how to store food properly so that it stays fresher longer and about seed saving. It also teaches about wild harvesting, testing soils, and even properly canning food for your pet cat or dog.
Bee keeping is another related topic for the weekend farmers and the preppers. Honey has certain medicinal purposed, such as a cough suppressant or acting like a vaccine.
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