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Farm Safety Week brings focus to sharing roadways
Kentucky Farm Bureau is using National Farm Safety Week next week as a time to remind motorists that farmers are harvesting their crops and thus more often on the roads, moving equipment from one field to another.
According to statistics from the Kentucky State Police, there were 180 collisions involving tractors and other farm equipment on Kentucky roadways in 2012, causing 42 injuries and three fatalities. KFB’s release said that a majority of the accidents (40 percent) were labeled by state police as the result of “inattention” – further proof that increased caution during harvest season is needed to prevent tragedy.
KFB distributed a list of suggestions for both motorists and farmers to help create safer roads, including pay attention to roads, watch signs, don’t assume farmers know you’re there, keep your distance from equipment, use caution when passing, keep flashing lights on farm equipment, keep equipment to the right and be patient.
UK inducts ag director
Longtime Kentucky agriculture leader Warren Beeler, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s director of agriculture policy, has been inducted into UK’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences Hall of Fame.
“Warren greatly deserves this honor for his service to agriculture in Kentucky and throughout the United States,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said in a release. “He has distinguished himself as a leader, a farmer, and a livestock judge. Perhaps his most important contribution has been his work teaching children about farming and how important it is. I am blessed to have Warren as a mentor, a counselor, and a close personal friend.”
In their nomination of Beeler, UK faculty members Donald Ely and Debra Aaron wrote that he “is such an advocate of animal agriculture. He will stand on any corner of any city, and has done so, to deliver the message that livestock of today are produced in cleaner, safer, and healthier environments than ever before in history.”
Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor given by the Department of Animal and Food Sciences.
USDA offers special loans
USDA Farm Service Agency reserves funds each year to make loans to socially disadvantaged applicants to buy and operate family-size farms. A socially disadvantaged farmer is one of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of the group without regard to their individual qualities. For the purposes of this program, socially disadvantaged groups have been defined as women, Blacks or African Americans, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders.
Loans are for various credit needs for livestock, equipment and even purchase and improvement of farms and are available to individuals, partnerships, joint operations, corporations and companies.
For more information or to obtain an applications, visit the Farm Service Agency office on Breighton Place in Shelbyville.
The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications, the Kentucky Press News Service.