Celebrate National Farm Safety & Health Week with Us

Monday, September 17, 2012

This week is National Farm Safety & Health Week! For the past 68 years, since Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the proclamation, farmers and agriculture professionals have been honoring safe farming practices during the third week of September. While the National Safety Council ranks agriculture the most hazardous industry in the nation, through education and training, organizations, such as Bayer CropScience, farmers and agriculture professionals can help minimize the risk.

Why is farm safety so important? Farm workers and their families are potentially exposed to chemicals, machinery, weather, livestock handling, heavy lifting, electricity and tools on a daily basis. Farmers and agriculture workers are at the heart of our business, and we actively support training programs to ensure that Bayer CropScience products are used safely. Click the image below to download and print tips for protecting yourself before and after applying crop protection products.

You can support farm safety and farming families: Check out opportunities for volunteering, planning education days for your school or community, and donating to these great organizations:

  • Progressive Agriculture Safety Day Program - We’ve been a proud sponsor of the Progressive Ag Safety Day Program for 10 years. The program trains and provides the resources that local communities need to conduct one-day safety programs that are age-appropriate, hands-on, fun and safe for children. Become a sponsor, volunteer your time at a Safety Day near you or apply to conduct a Safety Day event in your community here.

  • National Agronomic, Environmental Health & Safety School The program provides training for dealers, distributors and agriculture industry professionals on best practices for farm business and personal safety. Bayer CropScience’s Manager of Stewardship and Technical Issues, Allan Hovis, helps coordinate discussion topics for the annual training events. Sign up for the Safety Matters newsletter and keep an eye out for upcoming conferences.

  • Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA) is a group in Florida that supports the families of migrant farm workers and provides daycare and pre-school education for their children. Bayer works with the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA) to provide funding for clean-up stations at RCMA locations so farm workers can freshen up before picking up their children at daycare. This helps prevent farm chemicals from being transferred to the children or the home. RCMA also provides long sleeve shirts for parents to change into when picking up their children. You can help by volunteering to help children at the RCMA centers or by donating long-sleeve shirts to this address.

A farm worker cleans up at a hand sink outside RCMA Childcare Center

  • Agriculture’s Lasting Heritage celebrates American agricultural organizations that have been in operation for over 100 years. Bayer’s Capreno® herbicide collaborated with the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture to create the program and honor the lasting heritage of agriculture and the future of farmers. Sustainability has always been vital to agriculture and the longevity of family farms, and we’re proud to support century farmers who have succeeded in their sustainability efforts. Visit the site to learn which century farms are in your area and how you can support your hard-working neighbors!

We hope everyone has a safe, educational National Farm Safety & Health Week! Tweet us your tips for safe farming at @Bayer4CropsUS with the hashtag #FHSW12!


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