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Sharing resources that will help farmers and ranchers keep safety top-of-mind through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program is a priority of county and state Farm Bureau leaders across the nation.

As part of ASAP, Feb. 28 - March 6 has been designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers will join Farm Bureau in promoting the week with its theme “Driving Safety Home.”

A different safety focus will be highlighted by Montana Farm Bureau and U.S. Ag Centers each day of the week:

Monday, March 1 – Farmer Roadway Safety

Tuesday, March 2 – Caretaker Support

Wednesday, March 3 – General Farmer Wellness

Thursday, March 4 – Mental Health

Friday, March 5 – Community Roadway Safety

During this week and throughout the year, Farm Bureau encourages farmers to make safety a priority on the farm.

“Safe practices on America’s farms and ranches should be a priority, not an afterthought,” said MFBF President Hans McPherson. “Investing in safety and health in agricultural communities can help save lives and resources by preventing injuries and lost time on the job.”

The Agricultural Safety Awareness Program is a part of the Farm Bureau Health and Safety Network of professionals who share an interest in identifying and decreasing safety and health risks. For more information and resources, visit the ASAP Facebook page. Visit the Centers’ YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/USagCenters) for new content and fresh ideas about how to stay safe while working in agriculture, forestry and fishing.

Join the movement to keep farms safe and share your own safety messages on social media using the hashtags #KeepFarmsSafe, #ASAP21and #USAgCenters.The 11 U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers (www.cdc.gov/niosh/oep/agctrhom.html) are funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

In addition, for specific Montana ag safety information visit mtagrisafety.com or contact the Montana Director of Ag Safety Austin Grazier at austing@mtagrisafety.com.

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