Agricultural Safety Awareness Week is March 6-12

virginia farm bureauAcross the United States, county and state Farm Bureaus are making safety a priority through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program. As part of ASAP,March 6-12 has been designated Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. This year’s theme is “Caution—Safety is No Accident.”

A different safety focus will be highlighted each day of the week: Monday will focus on all-terrain vehicle safety; Tuesday will highlight youth safety on the farm; Wednesday’s topic will be tractor safety; Thursday is roadway safety; and Friday will focus on grain bin safety.

During that week and throughout the year, Farm Bureau will encourage farmers to make safety a priority.

“Promoting safety and health in our agricultural communities can save both lives and resources by preventing incidents, injuries and lost time,” said Virginia Farm Bureau Federation President Wayne Pryor. “Safety is really among farmers’ best investments.”

It’s also important to remember safety off the farm, particularly when moving farm equipment on roadways. And motorists should be cautious when sharing the road with tractors and other large and slow-moving equipment.

Virginia law requires all tractors and other equipment traveling no faster than 25 mph to display a triangular slow-moving vehicle emblem when on public roads.

Stafford County farmer Glenn Dye lives and farms near heavily-populated Fredericksburg. He keeps an SMV emblem on his equipment when he moves it on public roads, and he turns on his flashing lights. He also uses an escort vehicle when traveling with wider equipment, and that vehicle also has flashing lights and signage.

Dye said he travels on the road with equipment as little as possible. “Farms and fields in our area are smaller and broken up by housing developments that were at one time farms. I farm multiple properties. I do try to avoid the morning rush when folks are headed to work, and the late afternoon when they are headed home.”

Dye said he wants to make sure everyone is safe on the roadways. That’s why it is important to him that he and other farmers display SMV emblems to ensure they are visible to other drivers.

“I don’t want to see anyone injured, and if drivers are not being cautious around farm equipment and hit a large piece of equipment, it can do a lot of harm to everyone involved.”

The Agricultural Safety Awareness Program is part of the Farm Bureau Health and Safety Network of professionals who share an interest in identifying and decreasing safety and health risks.

augusta free press
augusta free press news

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Buy here.

AFP Business

As professional consultants, Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including website design, SEO, TV/radio, video work, branding and logos, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation. Augusta Free Press LLC was founded in 2002.

Web Design

Augusta Free Press has designed more than 800 websites for clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia. We take care of all facets of web design – visual design, layout design, content development and SEO. Short on staff? We’ll work with you to update your AFP-designed website in a timely manner or train your staff to make changes.

Marketing/Social Media Management

Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.

Graphic Design

Augusta Free Press will help you take your vision to the next level. From branding and logos to print materials, our team will work with you to develop products to showcase your business. From brochures and rack cards to full-color magazines or print/digital ads, we’ve got you covered.

Event Planning/Fundraising

Augusta Free Press will help you plan the best event for your organization. From an open house or anniversary to a 5K or Pay Per View, we can handle it all. Looking for training for your sales staff? We can help energize your employees or board. Need ideas to raise more money? Let us help you plan a successful event. Want to hold a news conference or need help with a press release? We can do that too.

Click here for more.