Safety first on our farms

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It’s all too easy to forget how important agriculture is to our area, and how critical it is that our farm communities do their job safely.

It’s harvest time, and as Marylynn Mattison-Collins, dairy and livestock educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension, noted in a recent column this is the time of year when agricultural operations work their hardest to get their crops to their final destination.

That last stop can vary but often it is a storage bin that farmers use to store the grain for their livestock.

As important as they are, these bins can pose dangers. Accidents can happen in these confined spaces, often fatal ones because workers succumb to oxygen-deficient or toxic atmospheres. Sometimes the rescuers become victims. As Mattison-Collins points out: “Grain bins also contain moving parts that pose a risk to those in charge of routine inspection and maintenance.”

For all these reasons we are happy to see that Central New York, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County has teamed up with Goldstar Feed and Grain, LLC, to offer the “First on Scene: Grain Bin Safety Training.”

This free training opportunity is open to all first responders and the entire farming community. It is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Goldstar Feed and Grain, 7598 Route 20 in Sangerfield. Registration is required by Monday, Nov. 1, and can be placed by visiting the registration link: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/GrainBinSafety_230.

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