Farm safety webinars coming up in February, March

Emily Krekelberg
Minnesota State University Extension

The University of Minnesota Extension is partnering with North Dakota State University Extension to offer a series of farm safety webinars this winter. Many of us has been impacted in some way by an accident, injury, or fatality that has occurred on the farm. These events are devastating to communities and impact the livelihoods of those we know and love.

The purpose of these webinars is to empower communities and individuals to prioritize safety on the farm. The webinar series will be in February and March on Thursdays at 11 a.m. Each webinar will last one hour.

Feb. 4: Tractor, equipment safety

We will cover PTO use and safety, roadway safety, and have a conversation with North Dakota farmers Scott and Elizabeth Huso and their employee Chase Frederick, who was in an accident on their farm in the past. They will be joined by David Kraft, safety consultant for North Dakota Workforce Safety & Insurance.

Feb. 18: Youth farm safety

The Youth Farm Safety webinar will feature a panel discussion moderated by Emily Krekelberg, farm safety and health Extension educator with University of Minnesota Extension. The panelists include Marsha Salzwedel with the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, Jana Davidson with Progressive Agriculture Foundation and Diane Rohlman with University of Iowa College of Public Health. They will cover various resources and programs available for families with young farmers.

March 4: Livestock safety

UMN Extension Cattle Production Extension Educator Joe Armstrong, DVM, will discuss and demonstrate proper animal handling in both confinement and pasture systems in the livestock safety session.

March 18: Mental health

The series will conclude with a mental health topic; Emily Krekelberg will be conducting QPR Training. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is a one-hour suicide prevention program that helps individuals learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide. This training is tailored toward agricultural communities.

Registration

The Farm Safety Webinar Series is offered free of charge. Participants must pre-register by visiting https://bit.ly/2KbJQES. When registering for the webinar series, participants will have access to join each of the webinar sessions. Participants can choose to attend any or all sessions of interest. Questions can be sent to Emily Krekelberg at krek0033@umn.edu or Angie Johnson at angela.b.johnson@ndsu.edu.