Farm Bureau from a Glance - September 20, 2017

If you have read in Farm Week about a Harvest Season Emergency Permit, here is the FYI on it.  I had a call asking how to get one.  First off, you will not be able to get one UNLESS the Governor declares a harvest emergency. While it is a law, it lies dormant until a HSE is declared and that is only done by the Governor.  In fact, Illinois has had a HSE provision since the days of Edgar, but a need for it has never been declared.

So don’t hold your breath waiting for one to be declared. The only permit currently available is the overweight axle permit for harvest season that has been available for some time.

This week is National Farm Safety & Health Week. That comes with a reminder to “Put Farm Safety into Practice.” 

Safety is one of those non-complacent items.  It won’t happen to me. It always seems to be that when we least expect it is when it hits. While we all dread even thinking about it, it is a good idea to do a monthly safety check.  By conducting a “Farm Safety Check” each month you can identify and fix potential hazards… before they cause harm to your employees, family, and even your bottom line.

Some things to think about…

•           Are your chemicals stored correctly?

•           Are your farm buildings free from clutter?

•           Do you follow proper grain handling techniques?

·         Do you have a good fire extinguisher readily available?

Make farm safety a year-round practice.

Now for you non-farmers…..SLOW DOWN! Be alert and watch out for the large slow moving vehicles that are now on the road.  Trust me when I say patience is not a virtue I possess, but I know the importance of not getting ramie and flying around that combine only to not see he is turning into a field entrance that could cause a wreck between us.  I know the importance of putting down my phone so my eyes are looking ahead at the cars slowing down for a tractor or combine. The farmer is the combine or semi cannot see you if you are following too close, so also maintain a safe distance.

The Eastland FFA will be conducting the 32nd Annual Club Calf Sale Saturday, October 14th at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds.  Cattle will be available to view at 5:30 p.m. with the sale beginning at 7:30 p.m.  If you have any questions, contact Cindy Feltmeyer, Eastland FFA Advisor at 815-297-2492.



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