Farm Safety Week
Based on USDA data several years ago, there were slightly over 1.8 million full-time workers in production agriculture on U.S. farms, and just over 1 million youth under 20 years of age residing on farms. Over half of the youth residing on farms performed some type of farm work, as well as an additional 230,000 youth that were hired to do work on farms.
Safety director Debbie Barba, is emphatic about the importance of a safety plan on every farm: "Every producer should have one whether they are in the livestock industry or grow crops. Safety plans are important, not only for insurance but it is also that investment in their people."