Working outside in Winter

Winter as we have seen this year has thrown us various types of precipitation.  Even though the precip. changes, the cold is still here.  In the following article by the University of Maine, several ways for people to stay safe while working outside in the cold are discussed.  Please Click Here to access the article by Maine University.

Winter Driving Tips

With the season of freezing temperatures upon us and precipitation in various forms causing hazardous roadways, additional preparation and attention is necessary to keep us safe.  The follow article discusses several tips that will enhance ones safety when on the roadways.  Click here to be forwarded to the article.

Storage and handling is an integral part of work that each farm operation is use to.  Unfortunately, it is the cause of debilitating injuries and fatalities each year.  Provided by the University of Missouri Extension service is an article that offers various practices to help keep yourself, family, and workers safe during handling and storing of grain.  Read the article from the University of Missouri Extension service by Clicking Here.

Three Decades of Sugar: Kelvin P. Thompsen

 

A Completed Tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative

Kelvin Thompsen, pictured in 2013, near Renville, MN.

Kelvin Thompsen, pictured in 2013, near Renville, MN.

On October 1, 2016, Kelvin Thompsen returned to what he did as a boy growing up in Illinois and Wyoming – working in agriculture. On this sunny day it was harvesting milo on a South Dakota ranch to help out a family member. Grungy, sweaty work is no big thing for Kelvin – the dirtier the better. It was the perfect way to spend a few days – working outside, helping others, with ample time to reflect on what was and plan for what’s next.

October 1, 2016 also marked the day he completed his tenure as Chief Executive Officer of Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative. Two years ago Kelvin announced his planned departure from the cooperative, so he could usher in new leadership and set a course for the next phase of his career. Kelvin served as President and CEO for the cooperative since 2009, and has worked in the beet sugar industry since 1983.

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With harvest well underway, the article “Harvest Safety Tips from Nationwide”, discusses various hazards farmers experience during harvest. The article gives several precautions to take before, during, and after harvesting various crops to keep everyone involved safe.  Please Click here  to be directed to the article.  Have a Safe harvest!

(ST. PAUL, Minn.) – Sept. 26, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Grant Herfindahl, reminds farmers and ranchers of federal farm program benefits that may be available to help eligible producers recover from recent heavy rains and flooding. Continue reading on the United States Department of Agriculture’s website.

Continue reading on the United States Department of Agriculture’s website.

Harvest Equipment Inspections

To help increase the likelihood of having a successful and efficient harvest, a pre equipment inspection is a good tool to prevent major mechanical failures and potential incidents from happening in the future.  The inspection is also a good tool to help keep yourself, family, workers, and community safe during harvest.  The following article discusses the benefits an inspection can have on the profitability and safety on the farm.  It also discusses the resources you can use to complete an inspection.   Please Click Here to access the article.

Conaway, R-Texas, chairman of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, visited Minnesota late last week. One of his stops was at Hultgren Farms in rural Raymond, just west of Willmar Saturday afternoon.

Conaway said he looks forward to working with U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., the ranking minority member on the committee on the next Farm Bill.

Read the full article at Daily Globe

Harvest Traffic Safety

With an early harvest just around the corner, the additional traffic and roadway hazards are a concern for rural communities.  The article “Everyone plays a role in safety on the roads during harvest” published in Agweek, provides safety awareness and ideas for farmers as well as their families who will be traveling on the roadways.  For those who will be hauling on the pile sites, please view the Trucker safety video on the SMBSC Shareholder website under Communication.  Please Click here to access the article.  Have a Safe Harvest.

Summer time is a wonderful time to work in and enjoy the outdoors.  Unfortunately, additional hazards exist with the warmer weather.  The occupation safety and health administration has a great article which helps a person prevent and if already affected by heat stress, recognize the signs to prevent worsening conditions.  Read the article on the OSHA website.