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Wednesday, September 21, 1994, The Sun 5 National Farm Safety and Health Week: September 18-24, 1994 sI 4O 3O 2O 10 0 1989 D * Source: National Safety Council. H Per 100,000 Workers* 1990 1991 1992 1993 AGRICULTURE** MINING & QUARRYING CONSTRUCTION ** Agriculture rate excludes deaths of persons under 14 years of age. Agricultural deaths dropped estimated 300 children under the a.ationally for the second consecu- age of 14 who were killed in bye year. However, agriculture con- agricultural-related accidents. tinues to be the nation s deadliest On the positive side, the death OCcupation. rate for agriculture has plummeted According to the National Safety by nearly 29 percent over the past COUncil, there were 35 deaths per seven years. 100,000 workers in agriculture in - ,The safety efforts of the agricul- 1993 compared to 37 in 1992. This tural community are paying big raarks the third consecutive year and ninth time in the last 10 years that agriculture has had the highest rate of accidental work deaths. dividends,"says Jim Williams, a safety education specialist with the Country Companies insurance group. "Farmers and ranchers are becoming more aware of the dangers involved in their profession," Willi- ams adds. "In addition, manufactur- ers are using technology to upgrade equipment and make products Agriculture's rate compares to 33 for mining and quarrying, and 22 for COnstruction. Mining and quarrying Was the only one of the three ~eeupations to see an increase in the eath rate in 1993. It rose from 29 deaths per 100,000 in 1992. safer." Nearly 1,100 farmers, ranchers Even with the drop in deaths, and others involved in agriculture Williams says there are still too any Were killed on the job in 1993. people dying on America's farms .Another 130,000 suffered disabling and ranches. Injuries. This does not include the "It's vital that we continue stress- On rural ing the retrofitting of older tractors with reliever protective structures, the use of personal protective equip- ment and safety education," he adds. Safety isn't expensive, but deaths and injuries are. Last year, deaths and injuries cost U.S. agricultural producers more than $4.3 billion. The Country Companies insur- ance group is doing its part to educate farmers by offering agricul- tural safety programs called "Safe Country" and "Safe Country for Kids." These free programs help make agricultural producers aware of the hazards on their farms and in their occupation. If you would like to host a farm safety program, call your local Country Companies agent or write "Safe Country," P.O. Box 2020, Bloomington, I! 61702. Yamhill County chapter focuses on education programs By Phil Hodgen Special Writer, The Sun The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Administration will soon issue an opinion letter that will require employers to reimburse the transportation of migrant workers. If issued in its current form, the only expensive alternative tbr employers would be to try overturning the ruling in the courts. Similarly, the Clean Water Act, as currently written, will require far- mers to write a water plan that will meet drinkable, swimmable and fishable standards. If each farmer does not write a plan, the Environ- mental Protection Agency will write one for him. For 25 years, Oregon Women for Agriculture, led by Yamhill County's chapter, has been provid- ing crucial legislative and fanning perspectives that have contributed to a more balanced understanding of this major industry. On both the state and national level the organization works to alert both farm and non-farm families to the needs, interests and mechanics of adapting social and economic policy to agricultural productivity. Dayton's Karen Goddik, a former president of Oregon Women for Agriculture, continues her involve- ment as a media liaison and spokes- man for the Yamhill County group. The organization was formed in August 1969 in the Willamette Val- ley by a former Extension agent, farmer's wife and mother. Alarmed by misunderstandings and a state- wide shutdown of grass seed field burning, women from eight counties were successful in gaining time for farmers while researchers looked for acceptable alternatives to field burn- ing. They helped raise funding for research on field burning and straw utilization and, eventually, became an effective voice to the public regarding farm operations and all facets of agriculture. "All we do is geared to education and the fundraising to support this effort," says Goddik. "What makes us different from other farm organi- zations is that we are not an auxili- ary of a fraternal agriculture society. We are farmers, ranchers and agri- business people networking with men's groups in the common goal of education." Goddik, who farms with her hus- band, notes that while the organiza- tion may have found its genesis among farm wives, 130,000 of the 2.1 million U.S. farms have a woman in charge. Census figures show that women farm operators have increased by more than 10,000 in the last five years. During the same time, the overall number of farms was declin- ing. Attention, slow moving vehicle speed differences between tractors They should decrease their speed if The organization invites anyone (SMv) operators! and passenger vehicles. Drivers not they encounter an SMV to avoid a with an interest in agriculture to Just because the sun comes out recognizing these differences cause collision. Drivers also should take become a member. With an educa- , Oesn't mean you can turn off the thousands of accidents between special care while driving during tional imperative, the group partici- headlights on your farm equipment. SMVs and passengers each year. planting and harvesting seasons pates in farm-related tours for majority of accidents involving since tractors will turn in and out of school students, teachers and busi- hM, Vs occur during daytime hours It's easy to recognize the potential fields, ness people. Media liaisons and hen farmers prefer not to use their danger of this situation and see the Williams suggest farmers drive on speakers are also needed as well as 'adlights. need for safety. A good scenario of the fight-hand or shoulder to allow those interested in taking action on "~ o prevent crashes, we urge this danger: a vehicle driver not faster traffic to pass, especially with issues concerning pesticides, pollu- .cers to follow requirements on concentrating on the road ahead, equipment wider than the desig- tion, farm labor, land use, legislative fl culture equipment by using traveling 55 mph and a farm tractor nated road lane. If possible, he says, bills and agriculture research. aShing amber lights, SMV 300 feet ahead traveling at 12 mph. avoid driving at night and use "I don't like the term 'activist' , blems, turn signals, and other With this short distance the driver of proper lighting and warning devices, used in describing our member- the passenger vehicle has less than " ' hting at all times," says Jim ship, offers Goddik. 'Pro-active ..llliams, a safety education spe- five seconds to avoid crashing into Farmers also need to allow would be closer. For example, we qalist for Country ComPna ieb the tractor, enough time to cross roads with fast are here to remind the 4-H and FFA , AnOther major facto c truting Car and truck drivers constantly moving traffic and should install kids that there is an organization out tu SMV accidents involves the need to look out for slower vehicles, telescoping mirrors on tractors, there that will help them deal with Tractors are common vehicles on rural roads in the fall, creating hazardous driving conditions. The Country Companies insurance group Urges you to slow down and watch for the Slow Moving Vehicle emblem, a fluorescent orange triangle with a reflective red border, when driving. Let's make it a safe harvest. t" ii RON PITTMAN For the best insurance at an affordable price, come to the number one agri-business insurers in the state ... Country Companies Issued by Country Life Insurance Company, one of the Country Companies, Bloomington, IL INSURANCE GROUP McMinnville Life - Health - Auto - Home the animal rights groups and envir- onmentalists." Oregon Women for Agriculture, through its networking with national organizations that have dealt with groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Green- peace, is better able to counter the impact of these groups through their classroom videos and literature. Using activity books and visuals, students have access not only to the agricultural perspective, but farm management as well. From planting and harvesting to marketing farm crops, young people are made aware of the intricacies of agricultural administration. "Our publication, The Great Green, takes fourth graders from the seed to the table," says Goddik. "Our magazine, Garbage, is a logi- cal journal about the environment that puts more common sense into any discussion about it." The organization has also had considerable success with its televi- sion campaign, "Northwest Farmers Growing for the World." Oregon Women for Agriculture is a major contributor to the Oregon Farm Bureau's summer agriculture institute. In a joint effort with Ore- gon State University and private business, agricultural organizations have established the week-long summer program for teachers with non-agricultural backgrounds. "It has proven to be a very positive way of incorporating agri- Karen Goddik culture into the classroom," says Goddik. "The program not only shows teachers how to do this, but links them with organizations in their immediate area which can help them implement it." Oregon Women for Agriculture is much more than a legislative watch- dog or source of agricultural enlightenment. The complex inter- connection of agriculture and cul- ture is an important focus of the organization. "If you eat, you are involved in agriculture," Goddik maintains. 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