On Saturday March 26, the Washington County Farm Bureau hosted an annual Safety Meeting and Breakfast. Speakers from Washington Electric, the Barlow Fire Department and Brick Insurance Group covered topics with the hope to help reduce accidents on the farm.

Farming continues to be one of the most dangerous occupations in Ohio. By attending the annual safety meeting local farmers refresh their knowledge on safety measures that will help reduce accidents.

Josh Jump from Washington Electric spoke on electrical safety and what to do when you find a down power line. Josh said, “Stay back from down lines and call us. Electricity is dangerous and down lines should be handled by professionals.”

Emily Salmon from the Barlow Fire Department covered a variety of topics. The Barlow Fire Department brought its grain bin rescue tube and explained how it works.

Kearny Hambrick from Brick Insurance Group finished the safety meeting by sharing the top 10 farm accident insurance claims Nationwide processed in 2021.

Washington County Farm Bureau would like to remind all members and those in the community to think safety. Watch out for everyday hazards, have an emergency plan, don’t work alone if possible, and most of all let your loved ones know where you are going and when to expect you back. No one wakes up planning on an accident affecting their life or livelihood that’s why they are accidents.

Labor has always been an issue, mainly because we are a seasonal operation. So that's a challenge finding somebody who only wants to work three months out of a year, sometimes up to six months.
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Mandy Way

Way Farms

Farm Labor Resources
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Ernie Welch

Van Wert County Farm Bureau

Strong communities
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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

Leadership development
Farm Bureau involvement has taught me how to grow my professional and leadership experience outside of the workforce and how to do that in a community-centric way.
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Jaclyn De Candio

Clark County Farm Bureau

Young Ag Professionals program
With not growing up on a farm, I’d say I was a late bloomer to agriculture. I feel so fortunate that I found the agriculture industry. There are so many opportunities for growth.
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Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
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Jared Hughes

Groovy Plants Ranch

Groovy Plants Ranch
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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

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