CAMDEN, Del. — Spring is right around the corner, which means farmers will be out in their fields and agriculture equipment will be on the roads again.
But prior to the planting season officially starting, the Delaware Farm Bureau’s Promotion and Education Committee takes advantage of the opportunity to regroup with farmers and educate them on various safety topics, ranging from a farmer’s health to safety hazards found on the farm.
The 6th Annual Delaware Ag Safety Conference will be held Wed., March 22, 2023, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Loblolly Acres, located at 3893 Turkey Point Rod. Viola, DE 19979. It is free and open to anyone who might be interested in learning about safety around the farm.
This conference, in partnership with Nationwide, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and Loblolly Acres, will feature presentations on various safety topics, one pesticide credit, vendors for attendees to network with, and door prizes. Morning coffee and lunch will also be provided.
Presentations during the event will include:
- Hay Bale Safety with Jules Hendrix of Crow Insurance Agency and Nationwide,
- “Tick Talk” with Dr. Ashley Kennedy of DNREC,
- Water Quality and the Effects on Pesticide Performance with Dr. Kerry Richards of University of Delaware (one pesticide credit included for participants), and
- Being Safe & Smart around Moving Equipment and Parts with DEFB Executive Director Don Clifton.
The topic of ag safety is held very dear to Ag Safety Sub-Committee Chair June Unruh. She advocates for farmer safety and for the safety of the public. When it comes to the Annual Delaware Ag Safety Conference, Unruh is continuously finding new topics to present to those who attend the safety conference each year. A quote she lives by is “Safety – it all starts with you.”
This event is FREE and open to the public. To register for or sponsor the 6th Annual Delaware AG Safety Conference, visit defb.org.
–Jennifer Antonik, Delaware Farm Bureau