how are you feeling? Is that a question you’ve asked yourself lately? When visiting the Farm Growth Show in Boone, Iowa, it may be helpful to get answers from a third party. You will have that opportunity in the Health and Wellness Pavilion.
“I like the idea of having this much health and safety education for people in one place,” said Marsha Cheney, coordinator of the Great Plains Health Center in Iowa City. “I do a lot of in-person classes in my job. This show gives me an opportunity to reach a lot of people.
Cheney has developed a comprehensive plan for a health and safety pavilion focused on demonstrations, safety education and more. You can find all of these services at the north end of the Northeast at 37N.
Demonstrations on hand
“We’ll have an ATV tilt table in the booth that shows what can happen if you get the machine at the wrong angle,” Cheney says.
Agribility will also be on hand to show farmers how to retrofit equipment in the event of an emergency. Representatives from AgrAbility will demonstrate a tractor lift system that helps the farmer get into the cab and work on the farm. And there will be other demonstrations to provide some hands-on insight into key safety and farm health topics.
Health and safety awareness
Through the safety education, visitors will have the opportunity to connect with various support services. “We will have mental health support resources for visitors; It’s a growing issue in agriculture,” says Cheney.
There will also be information about grain storage safety and ways to prevent falls on the farm. There have been several grain bin traps in the Midwest over the past two years; Getting tips on ways to avoid problems can be beneficial to your farm.
“We’re also going to have a group that talks about the safety of gas containers,” says Cheney. ” of [Legacy of] The Christopher Allsup Foundation was established after the family lost a child in a portable gas container explosion. They teach a lot about that security.
There will also be presentations on personal protective equipment used on the farm. This information focuses on the correct PPE for specific tasks, including the use of crop protection on the farm.
A lot of information
Cheney offers a list of topics to check out during your visit:
- Mental health and stress
- Suicide prevention
- Opioid overdose prevention
- Lifts and other improvements to continue farming after a traumatic injury
- Fuel safety education
- Railway safety for farmers
- Pesticide safety and worker protection standard information
- Stop the bleeding program
- Safe storage for weapons
- Adoption information
- Hazard mapping
- Farmers welfare resources
- Grain handling safety
- Fails to protect the farm
- Pig and animal welfare
- Infectious and zoonotic disease prevention
- ATV safety
Cheney said the pavilion will also have areas where people can get coffee and water and take a break. “It’s a place to stop after all that walking,” she added.