Spring is just around the corner, for farmers that means it is go time! Everything from field work to planting must be completed in just a few short months. In order to do that, farmers will be moving from field to field. During this time, it is more important than ever to stay attentive while driving on rural highways. In order to help raise awareness, Farm Bureaus across the nation are doing a lot for Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week, Feb. 28 to March 6. U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers have joined Farm Bureau in promoting ag safety this week with the theme “Driving Safety Home.”
Farm Bureau and U.S. Ag Centers have been sharing information about a different safety area each day of ASAP Week:
- Monday, March 1: Farmer Roadway Safety (farmer perspective)
- Tuesday, March 2: Caretaker Support (caring for aging or ill family members)
- Wednesday, March 3: General Farmer Wellness (staying healthy overall)
- Thursday, March 4: Mental Health (coping with stress)
- Friday, March 5: Community Roadway Safety (motorist perspective)
“As recent severe weather and coping with its aftermath continues to affect people across most of the country, focusing on safety becomes even more important on the farm and ranch,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall. “During Agricultural Safety Awareness Week and throughout the year, we encourage farmers and ranchers to make safety a priority,” he said.
The Agricultural Safety Awareness Program is a part of the Farm Bureau Health and Safety Network of professionals who share an interest in identifying and decreasing safety and health risks. For more information and resources, visit the ASAP Facebook page. Visit the Ag Centers’ YouTube channel for new content and fresh ideas about how to stay safe while working in agriculture, forestry, and fishing.
Join the movement to keep farms safe and share your own safety messages on social media using these hashtags: #KeepFarmsSafe, #ASAP21, and #USAgCenters.