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Indiana’s farm fatalities up 10%

Agriculture is a dangerous occupation and some states are starting to see the sad stats behind it.

Purdue University‘s annual Indiana Farm Fatality Summary recently reported 28 farm-related deaths in 2015, a 10 percent increase from the 2014 total of 25. However, overall trends are still declining.

Statistics were collected by the Purdue University Agricultural Safety and Health Program from news reports, Internet searches, personal interviews, and reports from individuals and Extension educators.

Tractor and farm machinery accidents continue to be the most commonly reported cause of fatal injury, with overturned tractors accounting for 39 percent of deaths in 2015. Other causes of death in 2015 included falling from buildings or horseback, becoming pinned under equipment, being kicked or rammed by an animal, accidental smoke or chemical inhalation, and drowning.

The report highlighted several trends and changes affecting Indiana farm-related injury and death, including an aging workforce, proliferation of small and “hobby” farms, and continued high numbers of accidents involving members of Amish and Old-Order communities.

The overall frequency of fatal farm-related injuries has decreased since 1970, partly due to fewer Hoosiers living and working on farms, the report stated. Other factors contributing to the decline include advancements in machine safety and durability, higher expectations for safe and healthy working environments, reduced reliance on child and youth labor, enhanced awareness of risk management in agriculture, and advancements in emergency medical care.

The ag industry has a fatality rate of 24.9 per 100,000 agricultural workers nationwide, compared with a death rate of 3.3 out of 100,000 for workers across all industries.


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Congress finally passes Global Food Security Treaty

Congress recently made history … passing a global food security bill that was pending for 15 years.

The now ratified International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture will ensure U.S. public and private sector plant breeders have secure access to global plant materials as they work to develop the next generation of plant varieties to meet the needs of a growing population.

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TerrAvion introduces rangeland aerial imaging

Before sending your cattle out to pasture, you can now get a panoramic view of your rangeland. TerrAvion has launched the first aerial imaging solution specifically designed for rangeland.

Every week, TerrAvion takes hundreds of low-altitude flights to capture bird’s-eye views of their customer farms, and then uploads the images to the cloud within hours so ranchers and growers can plan scouting, management activities and interventions with unprecedented accuracy.

Not familiar with TerrAvion aerial imaging? Check out this video that shows how the service has helped Francis Ford Coppola Winery in California meet production goals despite labor and water shortages.


USDA grants $8.4M to minority, veteran farmers

Veterans and minorities, with a passion for farming, now have more opportunities, thanks to ‘The People’s Department.’ Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $8.4 million in grants will be used by organizations in 24 states to provide training, outreach, and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged, tribal, and veteran farmers and ranchers.

“USDA was created to be ‘The People’s Department,’ and in the past eight years we have made tremendous progress in correcting past mistakes and creating a more inclusive culture within our organization. Part of that legacy includes supporting farmers and ranchers with diverse backgrounds and experience levels,” said Vilsack. “The grants announced today will be leveraged by local partners and help bring traditionally underserved people into farming, as well as veterans who want to return home to rural areas.”

Those organizations awarded grant money:

  • Tuskegee University, Alabama, $200,000
  • Alaska Tribal Conservation Alliance, Alaska $187,316
  • Little Colorado River Plateau Resource Conservation and Development, Arizona, $200,000
  • Developing Innovation in Navajo Education Inc., Arizona; also serving New Mexico $200,000
  • Painted Desert Demonstration Projects, Inc., Arizona; also serving New Mexico and Utah, $199,599
  • Arkansas Land & Community Development Corp., Arkansas, $199,583
  • East Arkansas Enterprise Community, Arkansas, $199,165
  • National Audubon Society, Inc., Arkansas, $142,182
  • University Of Arkansas System, Arkansas, $200,000
  • First Nations Development Institute, Colorado; also serving Tribal Communities throughout U.S., $200,000
  • Florida A & M University, Florida, $148,368
  • North South Institute, Inc., Florida, $199,507
  • Global Growers Network Inc., Georgia, $196,698
  • Lei Ho’olaha, Hawaii, $100,000
  • The Kohala Center, Hawaii, $200,000
  • Southern University Agricultural and Mechanical College, Louisiana; also serving Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia, $199,999
  • Cultivating Community, Maine, $187,706
  • Michigan Integrated Food & Farming Systems, Michigan, $199,998
  • Red Lake Band Of Chippewa Indians, Minnesota, $104,342
  • Fond Du Lac Tribal & Community College, Minnesota; also serving Michigan and Wisconsin, $179,381
  • Tougaloo College, Mississippi, $200,000
  • Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance Inc., Mississippi, $200,000
  • Mississippi Asso. of Cooperatives, Mississippi, $200,000
  • Winston County Self Help, Mississippi, $200,000
  • Tri-County Agricultural Cooperative, Mississippi, $200,000
  • Rural Development Leadership Network, Mississippi; also serving New Mexico, $200,000
  • Lincoln University, Missouri, $200,000
  • University of Missouri System, Missouri, $179,614
  • Fort Peck Community College, Montana, $198,506
  • University Of Nevada, Reno, Nevada; also serving Idaho, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington, $199,385
  • Desert Forge Foundation, New Mexico, $200,000
  • New Mexico Acequia Association, New Mexico, $116,339
  • Canetoe Family Life Center, North Carolina, $199,738
  • Whitaker Small Farm Group Inc., North Carolina, $199,955
  • Asian Service Action Inc., Ohio, $199,722
  • Oklahoma Women in Agriculture Association, Oklahoma, $200,000
  • Langston University, Oklahoma, $187,890
  • Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Oklahoma, $165,823
  • Common Market Philadelphia Inc., Pennsylvania, $200,000
  • Center For Heirs Property Preservation, South Carolina, $200,000
  • Hunkpati Investments, Inc., South Dakota, $169,502
  • Texas State University, Texas, $200,000
  • National Immigrant Farming Initiative, Inc., Texas; also serving Florida, $197,588
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Texas; also serving New Mexico $199,977
  • West Virginia State University, West Virginia, $199,973

Additionally, Alcorn State University will continue to administer the Socially Disadvantaged Policy Research Center with a $400,000 grant, providing analysis and development of policy recommendations to engage socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.

These grants are provided through USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Program and administered by USDA’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO). Since 2010, more than $83.8 million has been invested through the 2501 Program to leverage the work of local partners. The 2014 Farm Bill reauthorized the program and expanded the program mandate to include military Veterans.

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