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Nine lives were reported lost due to farm work-related accidents in 2013 in Virginia—one less than in 2012.
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Farm Safety For Just Kids and Successful Farming magazine are offering $250 grants for farm projects that improve safety for children.
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An experiment in Wisconsin is using QR codes to help first responders deal with farm emergencies. But there are simple low-tech options for all farmers who want to share emergency information.
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Virginia Farm Bureau reminds all farmers to examine equipment used for cutting and baling before heading out to the hayfield.
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Raising food on a farm often calls for moving tractors and other equipment on roadways during the spring, summer and fall.
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State and county Farm Bureaus nationwide are advocating making safety a top priority this spring through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program. They will observe Agricultural Safety Awareness Week March 3-9.
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Ten lives were reported lost due to farm work-related accidents in Virginia during 2012—three more than in 2011.
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When using a large truck to move farm products, it’s important to know size and weight limits on state and federal roads. 
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A new farm safety and health resource is available online from eXtension, a research- and education-based website supported by 74 land grant universities, including Virginia State University and Virginia Tech.
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Seven lives were reported lost due to farm work-related accidents in 2011—one more than in 2010.
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Virginia Farm Bureau is encouraging farmers to make sure their farms are prepared for severe winter weather.

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When the weather turns cold, some farmers begin working more often in unheated barns and workshops. Many also begin using wood-burning stoves or space heaters, which can present safety concerns.
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Fire hazards in farm buildings can be devastating to a farmer’s property and wallet.
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Before heading out to the hay field, farmers should examine equipment to ensure it’s in proper working order.
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Before heading out to the hay field, remember to examine equipment to ensure it is in proper working order.
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Farming is one of the nation’s most hazardous occupations, but it’s been getting safer to raise a family on the farm for more than two decades, according to a new study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
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A total of eight lives were reported lost due to farm work-related accidents in 2010—six fewer than in 2009.
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In a joint venture between the Virginia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH is providing free cost-effective rollover protection structures, or CROPS, to 25 farm tractor owners.

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All-terrain vehicles see plenty of farm and recreational use in the summer, and Virginia Farm Bureau is encouraging ATV owners and parents of young ATV riders to be informed.
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As the temperature drops, it’s important to work safely and take your time.
“Yes, it’s cold outside and you want to get finished quickly and get inside where it’s warm, but that’s usually when people get hurt,” said Jimmy Maass, safety coordinator for Virginia Farm Bureau.
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