AgrAbility of Wisconsin Summit set for March 15th

AgrAbility of Wisconsin Summit set for March 15th MADISON, WI—AgrAbility of Wisconsin, together with the National Farm Medicine Center, is pleased to announce the annual Summit will take place Wednesday, March 15th, 2017, with registration starting at 9:00 AM. Lunch will be provided, and the event will run until 2:00 PM at the Froehlke Auditorium at the Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, WI. All are welcome to attend at no cost. “We are excited about the 2017 summit,” said Abigail Jensen, Outreach Specialist for AgrAbility. “The program we have in store for our attendees features presentations from leaders in the industry. AgrAbility staff looks forward to providing farmers with information on assistive technology for farms, important safety concepts, and succession planning.” The daylong program gives participants an opportunity to network and learn about resources available through AgrAbility and other Wisconsin programs. Topics to be covered include assistive farm technology, safety on the farm, ...
January 13, 2017

Staying Safe in the Summer Heat

The summer months are a busy time for farmers. Tractors and trucks are constantly coming and going from the farm, workers are out in the sun all day and families are in and out of the house enjoying the summer weather.  Along with this increased level of activity comes a large number of risks associated with outdoor activities. Farmers, farm workers and families should prepare themselves and their farms for the hazards associated with warmer weather. With planting and harvest season comes increased farm machinery travel on rural roads. Rural crashes are more usually severe than urban crashes and typically involve tractors. It is important to display the Slow Moving Vehicle emblem on all off-road vehicles and ensure they are properly mounted to the vehicle. Proper lighting is essential, and it is recommended that two flashing amber lights are mounted in both the front and rear of the vehicle. Hitches should ...
July 25, 2016

Safety During Show Season

For thousands of youth across Wisconsin, the final school bell ringing in summer means much more than sleeping in all day and trips to the beach. June through August brings county fairs, district shows, state shows and state fair. Youth have begun preparing their dairy, beef, swine, sheep, horses and even poultry to put them on display and show off their hard work at various shows throughout the summer. Along with these preparations comes safety concerns that project leaders and youth should keep in mind to have a successful show season. Cattle typically have a docile demeanor, but are easily startled. Strange noises and new people will usually make cows nervous. When approaching your project animal, be aware of your surroundings. Sudden movements and loud noises will typically cause a pen of cattle to get excited, which can be a dangerous situation for someone walking in the pen. Once the ...
June 29, 2016


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