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The Delaware Farm Bureau is encouraging farmers to “think safety first” through its upcoming annual ag safety conference, featuring topics like grain bin safety and mental health in the field.

The event will take place Wednesday, March 18 from 9-3 p.m. at Harrington Volunteer Fire Company located at 20 Clark St. in Harrington.

Co-sponsored by the farm bureau’s promotion and education committee, Nationwide Insurance, University of Delaware’s Cooperative Extension and the Delaware Fire School, the conference will focus on topics relating to safety while working in the agricultural industry.

Michael Scuse, Delaware’s Secretary of Agriculture, will open the event after breakfast along with June Unruh, chair of DFB’s promotion and education ag safety sub-committee.

Session topics will include farm equipment fires by the Delaware Fire School, stress in farming by Maria Pippidis of the University of Delaware’s Cooperative Extension and a pesticides credit session by Dr. Kerry Richards.

The event will wrap up with a grain bin rescue demonstration by local firefighters. They will use a grain bin rescue tube and other equipment previously donated to the Harrington Fire Department by Nationwide, Staples Insurance Company and Schiff Farms, Inc both in Harrington, with the help of other groups like the Delaware Farm Bureau.

Registration for the Ag Safety Conference is free with breakfast and lunch included at no cost. Register by March 6 online at

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