Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation
Agricultural News and Information
Greg Gibson, Coordinator
Public Relations / Multimedia
1-800-227-8244 ext. 4154
Agricultural Safety Awareness Week is March 7-13
As agricultural advocates, farmers and ranchers are passionate and knowledgeable
about a broad swath of subjects. They advocate to elected officials and
non-farming members of the public both formally and on an ad hoc basis.
Topics include everything from animal agriculture to private property
rights to estate tax reform.
Farm safety advocates are much less visible to the public and strive
to appeal to a different audience—America’s farmers and ranchers
themselves…the men and women who produce the food our nation eats,
with their hands in the dirt and watchful eyes on the horizon from sun-up
Although strides have been made in reducing farming-related injuries
and fatalities in recent decades, producing food remains one our nation’s
most dangerous occupations.
That is why Farm Bureaus are making safety a top priority this spring
across the country through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program.
As a part of ASAP, March 7-13 has been designated as Agricultural Safety
This year’s theme, “Growing the Most Important Crop,”
emphasizes making farms and ranches safer for farmers, their family members
and employees, with special emphasis on children.
People of all ages, but particularly children who live on farms, are
at risk of injuries on the farm. Educating adults about reducing risks
to the children in their care is critical to preventing farm and ranch
incidents and fatalities.
“Too many children are injured or hurt each year,” explains
John Hubbard, Senior Safety Specialist with the Mississippi Farm Bureau
Federation. “We hope that our participation in this program will
help us teach farmers and their families how to be safe and protect their
children on the farm.”
According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, 100 children die in
farm accidents every year in the U.S. and many others are injured, often
seriously. That’s why during Ag Safety Awareness Week and throughout
the year, state Farm Bureaus focus on making farms and ranches safer for
farmers, their family members and employees.
“We strive to educate as many people as we can, about as many topics
as we can each year,” Hubbard says.
Practicing caution around livestock on the farm and ranch, saying ‘no’
to children playing around grain stored on the farm, and practicing ‘tough
love’ when it comes to riders on tractors are among the key topics
network members are focusing on this spring. In doing so, they willingly
put themselves in front of fellow farmers and ranchers, caring enough
to say, “It’s time for some changes on your farm and I’m
speaking up for the sake of your children.” In doing so, they play
a role in changing the way people think about farm safety, which is ultimately
what prevents unspeakable tragedies. That is why America’s farm
safety advocates, as they quietly walk among us, can truly be considered
The Farm Bureau Safety and Health Network is made up of professionals
affiliated with state Farm Bureaus who share an interest in decreasing
safety and health risks associated with agricultural and rural life. For
more information on agricultural safety, visit: http://www.agsafetynow.com.
Farm Bureau Federation is the state's largest general farm
organization with more than 204,000 member-families statewide. There
are Farm Bureaus in all 82 counties in Mississippi
where agriculture comprises a fundamental part of
Mississippi 's economy.
Headquartered in Jackson
, the federation is an independent, non-profit agricultural
organization and is not associated with any arm of the government.
For more information about Farm Bureau, visit our website at www.msfb.com.