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Commissioner Strain: It’s National Farm Safety and Health Week

September 16, 2019

Strain: It’s National Farm Safety and Health Week

Baton Rouge, La. (Sept. 16, 2019) – Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said President Trump declared Sept. 15-21 National Farm Safety and Health Week.

“This year’s theme is “Shift Farm Safety into High Gear” as a reminder that it is everyone’s responsibility to prioritize safety on the farm and the rural roadways of America,” Strain said. “Improving safety on the farm is imperative to ensure the well-being of farmers and their employees so they can continue to produce affordable food and fiber in the world.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 581 workers in agriculture and related industries died from a work-related injury in 2017.

The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety is providing informative Webinars each day of the week. Each day of National Farm Safety & Health Week has a theme as follows:

Monday, September 16, 2019 – Tractor Safety & Rural Roadway Safety

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 – Farmer Health & Opioid/Suicide Prevention

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 – Safety & Health for Youth in Agriculture

Thursday, September 19, 2019 – Confined Spaces in Agriculture

Friday, September 20, 2019 – Safety & Health for Women in Agriculture