Editor’s note: The Delaware Ag Safety Conference scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, to be held at the Harrington Fire Hall has been postponed. For more rescheduled events, go to www.capegazette.com/article/events-canceled-rescheduled-coronavirus-conc....
The Delaware Farm Bureau is encouraging farmers to think of safety with its annual Ag Safety Conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, at Harrington Volunteer Fire Company, 20 Clark St., Harrington.
Co-sponsored by the farm bureau’s promotion and education committee, Nationwide Insurance, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and Delaware Fire School, the conference will focus on safety for those working in the agricultural industry. Topics include grain bin safety and mental health in the field.
Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse will open the event after breakfast along with June Unruh, chair of DFB’s promotion and education ag safety subcommittee.
Session topics will include farm equipment fires by the Delaware Fire School, and stress in farming by Maria Pippidis of UD Cooperative Extension. Paraquat herbicide safety will be taught by Dr. Kerry Richards who will administer a quiz after her presentation and offer certification for participants.
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, and 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. Registration is due by Friday, March 6. To register, go to www.defb.org/delaware-ag-safety/ag-safety-conference.