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26
Mar
2013
Safe handling of anhydrous ammonia
Author: Michael Freyaldenhoven, Program Technician, AgrAbility

The agriculture community has used anhydrous ammonia as a low cost, highly effective nitrogen-based fertilizer for years.  It’s prevalence in the farming community makes it easy to sometimes forget that this a dangerous chemical and should be handled with caution and care. The word, “anhydrous”, means without water. When anhydrous ammonia comes in contact with […]

13
Feb
2013
Use caution when handling grain
Author: Michael Freyaldenhoven, Program Technician, AgrAbility

The task of grain handling on the farm and at grain handling facilities can be quite dangerous.  Farmers and workers need to be aware of common hazards when handling all grains including but not limited to corn, rice, soybeans, wheat, and milo.  Grain bins, in particular, can be hazardous and need to be operated with […]

23
Jan
2013
Post-storm farm cleanup safety tips
Author: Michael Freyaldenhoven, Program Technician, AgrAbility

Chainsaws are a great tool around the farm and unfortunately, can be a very dangerous one also.  After the recent snow and ice storm, chainsaw use is in high gear.  Here are a few basic chain saw safety tips: Personal protection and clothing are important Use eye protection, a helmet and full face shield is […]

09
Jan
2013
Make safety a priority for farm kids
Author: Michael Freyaldenhoven, Program Technician, AgrAbility

Did you know that in 2011 there were over 2.2 million farms in the United States and approximately 1.03 million youth under the age of 19 were living on those farms? Farms can be a wonderful and exciting environment for children, but without proper training and supervision, they can also be dangerous.  Here are some […]

16
Nov
2012
Winter weather brings potential hardship: Prepare now
Author: Michael Freyaldenhoven, Program Technician, AgrAbility

November 12th through the 16th is National Winter Weather Awareness Week which makes it a great time to review a few winter safety topics on the farm and in the automobile. Check out the cars and trucks that you drive.  Is the antifreeze at the correct level? Check to be sure that your windshield washing […]

08
Nov
2012
It’s equipment maintenance time: Weld safely
Author: Michael Freyaldenhoven, Program Technician, AgrAbility

This time of year you might find yourself in the shop rather than in the fields. One of the most common activities in the shop is—you guessed it—welding. What a great time to refresh our mindset on basic welding safety. Wear boots and the proper protective clothing; always use approved welding gloves. Don’t look at […]

31
Oct
2012
Go to great heights to make sure your tree stand is safe
Author: Michael Freyaldenhoven, Program Technician, AgrAbility

Thinking about hunting from a tree stand this year?  The Arkansas Game and Fish say nationally, more people are injured or killed from falls out of tree stands than from firearm discharge.  While deer stands can be a safe and excellent way to hunt, a few tips may make your season safer. Be sure that […]

23
Oct
2012
Make firearm safety a top priority this hunting season
Author: Michael Freyaldenhoven, Program Technician, AgrAbility

Fall is in the air, and hunting season is upon us.  What a great time to go over firearm safety with each other and the youth hunters that will be in the woods.   Hunting is an Arkansas tradition that has been passed down through generations.  With the passing down of this cherished tradition comes the […]

20
Sep
2012
Is your farm shop a safe workplace?
Author: Michael Freyaldenhoven, Program Technician, AgrAbility

It will not be long before this year’s harvest will be in the books.  This is the time of year that many of you will be spending more time in the farm shop making repairs and doing routine maintenance on equipment.   The farm shop is a great place to get things done but also can […]

11
Sep
2012
Don’t let the stress of harvest bring you down: Know the warning signs of stroke
Author: Michael Freyaldenhoven, Program Technician, AgrAbility

Fall brings much excitement and fun, and it also means the rush is on to get the crops out of the field and to the elevator or gin.  Studies have shown that stress increases the risk of suffering a stroke.  About 795,000 Americans each year are stroke victims.  If you suspect a person is having […]