This week is Farm Safety Week. Eric Van Asdale is the Senior Loss Control Representative for Country Financial. Van Asdale says it is no coincidence that farm safety week corresponds with the beginning of harvest season…
“Its when the majority of accidents with farm equipment happen on the road because of all the combines and tractors. Its also when we see a lot of fatigue, with late harvest peope will be in a hurry to get the crops out so we are nervous about fatigue."
Van Asdale says tractor rollovers and highway crashes are the leading causes of loss in rural America…
“We are out there reminding people to not start tractors from the ground, so they don’t run over you. Watch when you are mowing in ditches or working on inclines not to roll over."
Van Asdale says drivers need to realize that in a crash with a farm implement or tractor – they will lose.
Dairy Industry Targeted to Push Farm Bill Through
House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson reportedly has a new strategy for getting a farm bill through Congress this year. The Hill reports Peterson called Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week to suggest the department should begin the process of implementing the 1949-era dairy policies that would take effect October 1 if Congress fails to act on the farm bill before the current extension expires at the end of the month. Peterson’s hope is that affected industry groups will put the pressure on House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders to enact a bill that will prevent milk prices from skyrocketing can compel a deal on the farm bill.
Asian Citrus Bug Invades California
California’s multi-billion dollar citrus industry is in a battle with little, but destructive, bug. Blake Taylor has more…
“Its called the Asian Citrus Bug and they carry a disease that can destroy crops, hundreds of the bugs were found in central CA, triggering a five mile quarantine zone. The Ag Dept was very surprised to find those kinds of numbers, we expected some, but not hundreds. Home owners are now asked to check their trees for the pest or any sign of the disease.”