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Ag Safety Conference planned March 7 in Harrington

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Following up on last year’s award-winning Rural Road Safety campaign, the Delaware Farm Bureau will hold its second annual Delaware Ag Safety Conference on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, from 10 a.m to 2:30 p.m. The meeting will again be held in the Ag Commodities Building of the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.
Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in the United States and this seminar will encourage farmers to “think safety first.” DFB has teamed with Delaware State Grange, Delaware Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension and Nationwide Insurance to put on this conference during American Farm Bureau Federation’s Agricultural Safety Awareness Program week, March 4 through 10.
Dr. Kerry Richards of the University o Delaware Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) will offer updates on significant changes in requirements affecting pesticide applicators, including Worker Protection Standards effective Jan. 2, changes involving Dicamba, and introduction of a new Delaware PSEP webpage.
Ben King, risk management consultant from Nationwide Insurance, will  speak on Agritourism Exposures/Risks.
Other confirmed speakers are Tom Fisher from Beltone, who will discuss hearing loss in farming; Teresa Towne, RN/Educator from Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, who will talk about skin cancer prevention; and Bonny King, RN/trauma coordinator at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, who will offer a demonstration on “Stop the Bleed.”  Jack Wilson, training administrator at Delaware State Fire School will focus on Challenges in Agricultural Safety.
All farmers are invited to attend. There is no charge, but registration is required because of limited space. Register online at www.defb.org, or call the Delaware Farm Bureau at (302) 697-3183.
Delaware Farm Bureau is looking for sponsors to help cover the costs of the conference, which will include a complimentary lunch. Businesses or organizations that are interested in sponsorship or display space may contact Heather Kline at DFB by telephone at (302) 697-3183 or by email at heather.kline@defb.org.
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