Gov. Sam Brownback has declared September Farm Safety Month and the week of Sept. 21-27 Farm Safety and Health Week.
“I appreciate Gov. Brownback’s proclamation,” says Holly Higgins, Kansas Farm Bureau’s organization director/safety and agriculture education director. “It’s a great reminder to all of us that farm safety is important, and should be thought about every day on our farms and ranches.”
For more than 66 years, Kansas Farm Bureau, the state’s largest farm organization, has had a full-time staff position dedicated to safety and health issues for farmers.
“Kansas Farm Bureau is a farm organization, and we understand keeping our farm families safe is an important issue,” Higgins says. “We value this opportunity and thank our volunteers who have helped spread the safety message.”
In addition to KFB staff, County Farm Bureaus provide hundreds of farm safety programs every year reaching thousands of adults and children.
To bring awareness, KFB offers a multitude of Do-It-Yourself programs for volunteers and those interested in learning more. Annually, a safety poster program provides an opportunity for children to learn, consider and draw ways to stay safe on the farm. Kansas Farm Bureau is the only organization in the state that tracks farm accidents—something we’ve done since 1980.
For more information on farm safety, visit www.kfb.org/educationoutreach/safety.