President Donald Trump has declared this week, September 15 through the September 21, to be National Farm Safety & Health Week. This week is an opportunity to spread awareness of the risks associated with work in the agriculture industry and to improve farm safety. The theme for this year’s National Farm Safety & Health Week is “Shift Farm Safety into High Gear,” as a reminder that it is everyone’s responsibility to prioritize safety on the farm and the rural roadways of America.
According to the proclamation,”From operating dangerous heavy machinery to navigating harsh weather conditions, the men and women who work our country’s rich land face significant risks on a daily basis as they labor to bring their products to market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 581 workers in agriculture and related industries died from a work-related injury in 2017, making agriculture one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. We must redouble our efforts to ensure the health and safety of our agricultural producers by promoting the best safety practices and adopting innovative technologies that reduce risks.
“This week, we pledge to strive to improve practices that advance the health and safety of self-employed farm and ranch operators, their family members, and their hired workers. By raising awareness of the inherent risks associated with agricultural work, we can help sustain the success of this critical American industry. As American farmers and American consumers, we will work together to enhance the livelihoods of our farmers, ranchers, and foresters, because we know that when our farmers succeed, our Nation succeeds.”
- Monday, September 16, 2019 — Tractor Safety & Rural Roadway Safety
- Tuesday, September 17, 2019 — Farmer Health & Opioid/Suicide Prevention
- Wednesday, September 18, 2019 — Safety & Health for Youth in Agriculture
- Thursday, September 19, 2019 — Confined Spaces in Agriculture
- Friday, September 20, 2019 — Safety & Health for Women in Agriculture
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said, “America’s farmers, ranchers and producers work hard to feed our nation and the world. Farming is not always the safest profession and it is our responsibility to continue to improve workplace safety and pursue initiatives that create healthier work environments. They must also have access to innovative technologies and production practices to protect themselves and their employees. President Trump has our farmers backs and this proclamation further demonstrates this issue as one of great importance. Promoting Farm Safety will help our American agriculture workforce to continue producing the healthiest, safest, most affordable, and most abundant food supply on earth.”