The Crawford County Farm Bureau hosted a regional safety meeting Sat., March 16, at Buckeye Central High School in New Washington. Over 70 farmers and ag professionals attended.
Kendra Hudson with Burkhart Farm Center presented information on tractor safety, the Ohio Highway Patrol covered roadway safety and laws, and the Crawford County Sheriff’s department presented tips for spotting trespassing and illegal use of fields for marijuana production.
We partnered with Donley Ford with their Fill-A-Ford program and collected two boxes of non-perishable food items. These were donated to St. John’s Lutheran Church food pantry in New Washington. Buckeye Central FFA members helped set up for the day, checked people in for the meeting and assisted with sales of SMV signs and reflective materials. And, a UTV from Findlay Implement was on display with proper signage and equipment displayed for farm-related uses.
There was great discussion and questions at the safety meeting about requirements for farm trucks and movement of materials and farm implements, SMV and SIS signage requirements and proper lighting, reflective marking, etc. for tractors and implements on the road, and ATV/UTV for farm use. People shared their own experiences with finding marijuana in their crops, or surprise visits from the drug task force when “extra” crops were spotted from the air.
Meetings like these help our area farmers and are free to Farm Bureau members. Other benefits of membership include a discount on premiums paid to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation through the Workers’ Compensation Group Rating Program with CompManagement. Savings generally range from 25 to 53 percent, the maximum discount allowed.
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