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National Farm Safety and Health Week is Sept. 16-22

"Cultivating the seeds of safety" is this year's theme


The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety sets aside the third week of September each year to remind everyone about the importance of farm safety.

Each year since 1944, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week. This recognition is an annual promotion initiated by the National Center for Agricultural Safety. During the week of Sept. 16-22, it's a time to remind farmers to educate and discuss with family members and workers about safety, and incorporate and promote smart safety practices on the farm.

This year’s theme, "Cultivating the Seeds of Safety," reminds farmers that although agriculture is a very rewarding profession, it’s also among the most dangerous occupations. It's highly likely every farmer knows someone who has been injured or killed in a farm-related accident.

Young workers and youth living on farms are also subject more frequently to injuries and fatal injuries. The National Institute on Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that everyday approximately 100 agricultural workers will suffer an injury resulting in lost work time.

Using good safety practices are important for the well-being of farmers and workers, and also for running a successful operation.

See the infographic at right for several measures farmers can take to improve safety. And get even more farm safety tips from American Family Insurance.

During National Farm Safety and Health Week, American Family Insurance encourages all farm families and workers to look around and evaluate potential hazards as prevention starts with awareness and education. Then make sure everyone adheres to safety procedures.

See more from the National Center for Agricultural Safety.

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