Agricultural professions are ranked among the most dangerous jobs in North America. It comes as no surprise when you think about the amount of machinery, chemicals, and physical labor associated with farm work. That is why the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, and their partners spread awareness for farm safety every year through the National Farm Safety and Health Week. This year the motto of the week is “Shift Farm Safety into High Gear”, the week will feature daily themes and webinars for agricultural professional that you can register for here.
With over 870 farms located in Berrien County, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, we are largely an agricultural community. An aspect of farm life, that affects safety is that typically families are residing on farm property. This heightens the risk that youth and family members can experience farm related injury or accidents. Staying informed on proper safety procedures and precautions is necessary for all families that work at or frequent farm facilities.
And in addition to physical health and safety, mental health of our nation’s farmers in equally important. MSU Extension has developed multiple resources for farmers to help manage stress and mental fatigue that often come with the changing environment and climate that is affecting farmers everywhere.
Be Healthy Berrien is thankful to the farmers of our region that help bring food to our tables. Read more about how we are involved in the local food system click here .