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The 66th annual National Farm Safety Week is September 20-26. USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) will join the National Safety Council (NSC) and the National Educational Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) to celebrate Farm Safety Week with health and safety articles and public service announcements available on www.necasag.org.
Farm Safety Week commemorates the hard work, diligence and sacrifice the nation’s farmers and ranchers have made in providing a safe and reliable food supply.
CSREES supports farm safety initiatives through the AgrAbility Program and Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification programs. These programs provide opportunities for disabled farmers and ranchers to continue to be successful in agricultural ventures and address youth farm safety education and certification in keeping youth and youth agricultural workers safe.
CSREES funds a study to enhance the effectiveness of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids Chapters to promote a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries and fatalities to children and youth. National Farm Safety and Health Day for Children and Youth will be celebrated on Wednesday during National Farm Safety Week.
Additionally, CSREES funds support National Center for Agricultural Safety programs including Fall Harvest Safety Days and a Rural Roadway Driver’s Education Pilot Feasibility Project. The Fall Harvest Safety Days program educates high school students in combine safety, fire prevention, highway safety and tractor safety to reduce preventable incidents among farm youth who actively work on their family farm during the fall harvest season.
The Rural Roadway Drivers Education Pilot Feasibility Project investigates the need for, and interest in, an optional module for driver education instructors to use during the training of new drivers. Partners from neighboring states, departments of transportation, insurance companies and other interested parties will participate in an advisory role to ensure this project will lead to the creation and dissemination of a rural roadway safety module.
Through federal funding and leadership for research, education and extension programs, CSREES focuses on investing in science and solving critical issues impacting people's daily lives and the nation's future. For more information, visit www.csrees.usda.gov.
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