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U of M Extension dean encourages safe practices on the farm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (5/14/2013) --Bev Durgan, dean of University of Minnesota Extension, recorded three public service announcements to encourage safe practices on the farm this season. The announcements may be used by Minnesota, regional, and farm radio stations and other media.


Farm Safety PSA #1 Audio File

Farming continues to be one of the most dangerous occupations in America. Let's try to change that this spring planting season. This is Bev Durgan, Dean of University of Minnesota Extension.

Most farm-related accidents are caused by machinery. Make sure all safety equipment is installed and working properly on your farm equipment, and conduct regular inspections. If tractors don't have proper roll-over protection, have it installed. And slow down—many accidents happen when farmers are in a hurry.
Let's keep this spring planting season safe—for you—and your family.


Farm Safety PSA #2 Audio File

The farm can be a dangerous place for kids. Children are involved in about one-third of all farm accidents. This is Bev Durgan, Dean of University of Minnesota Extension.

Make sure children on your farm understand farm safety, that they are given only age appropriate chores, and that very young children are properly supervised. Accidents happen in a hurry, especially those involving children.

Many farm accidents can be prevented. Let's prevent them this year, and keep this spring planting season safe, for you—and your family.


Farm Safety PSA #3 Audio File

Hi, this is Bev Durgan, Dean of University of Minnesota Extension. All of us involved in agriculture know that farming is a dangerous occupation. Unfortunately, farm accidents happen every year. But many times accidents are preventable by following some simple rules.

Make sure you take care of yourself during the busy spring planting season: get enough rest, and eat well. And don't rush. Many farm accidents happen when farmers are in a hurry and don't follow common sense rules for safety.

Let's keep this spring planting season safe. For you—and your family.


Media Contact: Allison Sandve, (612) 626-4077, ajsandve@umn.edu. For MP3 files, contact Catherine Dehdashti, (612) 625-0237, ced@umn.edu
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