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July 9, 2015

When Visiting a Farm

With it being the middle of July, most of us spend a great amount of time outdoors. We may explore parks, hiking trails or even farms. When you visit a farm, or anywhere dealing with livestock and machinery, there are some safety factors that will need to be considered. Those of us who spend time working with agriculture know of some of the factors to be aware of, but that doesn’t mean that we still are not careful. One of the first things that pops into my mind is proper clothing, even if you are not working with any of the livestock or machinery there could be a lot of dangers present. Wearing closed toes shoes, preferably tied, pants and a long sleeve shirt would be ideal. With the warm weather upon us, layering up is not something that we enjoy, but keeping yourself safe is worth a little bit of heat you will endure. Another major safety concern is to keep an eye on moving machinery, we will hear the tractors and gators moving past you, but always knowing the location machines is important to keep yourself and your children safe. That goes hand in hand with livestock, some might thing that the little lone steer looks cute and is lonely, but he might be in that pen for a safety precaution. Remember around any livestock, and horses to never turn your back on them. Animals can be spooked for a number of reasons, even ranchers keep a constant eye out because, with experience, they know how their temperament can change in a blink of an eye. This information stands true for county fairs as well, most of the time the animals are in secure pens or tied up, but always keeping an eye out for your safety is important.

Fair Season

The Williams County fair went quite well, with myself being new in this position, I can gladly say I am excited to see what next year brings. With the counties surrounding us having their county fairs, remember to always respect the animal and projects that the 4-H or FFA members do. They work hard on these projects, no matter the ribbon color, the Williams County kids did a great job. We have many of our 4H members going to the state fair in Minot, July 17th- 25th with their livestock and static projects.


REMINDER- Project Safe Send kicks off on July 14th in Ellendale. Project Safe Send is for the proper and safe disposal of pesticides, whether farm or home use. Visit the following website for all of the locations and information.  http://www.nd.gov/ndda/program/project-safe-send


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