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Read article: Tazewell County 4-H members learn safety skills during a club-wide Farm Safety Night
Tazewell County 4-H members learn safety skills during a club-wide Farm Safety Night
Farming is a way of life for many families, and it often involves the active participation of children and teenagers. While the experience of working...
Field sign saying Keep Out
Read article: WPS pesticide safety training requirements refresher: Illinois
WPS pesticide safety training requirements refresher: Illinois
The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a regulation intended to reduce the risks of illness or injury resulting from occupational exposures to...
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Read article: Illinois Department of Agriculture releases pesticide clean sweep program results
Illinois Department of Agriculture releases pesticide clean sweep program results
In 2023, the Illinois Department of Agriculture along with the Illinois Department of Public Health conducted an agricultural/structural pesticide...
A holiday wreath hangs on red barn doors
Read article: Find joy in holiday gift giving while supporting your local farm community
Find joy in holiday gift giving while supporting your local farm community
Imagine owning and running the business of your dreams, and not being in control of one of the most stressful aspects of a business: the cost of...

News Releases

Far view of the scene of a farm fire.
Stay alert, be prepared for increased risk of farm fires during harvest
URBANA, Ill. — Severe drought and current environmental conditions have the Midwest on alert as fire risks are higher than usual during equipment rollout for corn and soybean harvest. From lack of precipitation to low soil moisture and dry vegetation, these conditions, when paired with hot,...
Combine unloading into wagon
Focus on safety to prevent accidents during busy harvest season
URBANA, Ill. — Harvest season is beginning across the state, and for farmers, this means early mornings, long days, and the potential for exhaustion that can lead to accidents. University of Illinois Extension Specialist and Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering Assistant...
Josie Rudolphi, agricultural and biological engineering professor, is conducting a five-year study on the mental health of agricultural adolescents and adults. Photo by Fred Zwicky.
Farm stressors affect mental health of adults and adolescent children
URBANA, Ill. — Agriculture is a stressful occupation, and farmers face substantial mental health challenges. Research indicates they often experience higher levels of anxiety and depression compared to the general population, but less is known about the effects on their families. A...

Videos

Safe Animal Handling in Beef Cattle

 

Safe animal handling is critical for ensuring safety of both handlers and the animals. In this episode of Grazing Planners Speak, Travis Meeter (University of Illinois Extension) provides an overview of cattle behavior and how to ensure safe animal handling as a grazing planner....

Farm Safety and Power Line Awareness

It was Cody Conrady’s next-to-last day as an assistant manager for an ag fertilizer company. They were shorthanded that day, so Cody jumped in his truck to get ahead of the sprayer. Once the sprayer was in place, he hopped out of the truck to fill the tank with fertilizer. He and his coworker...