BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

CCE-Chautauqua announces upcoming workshop on farm safety

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Agriculture Program is excited to announce that they will be offering several workshops this season as part of their 2017-2018 L.E.A.F. (Learn. Empower. Achieve. Farm.) Workshop Series. “Operating Tractors and Farm Equipment Effectively and Safely” will be held on Saturday, October 21st from 10 a.m. to noon at LandPro Equipment, 1756 Lindquist Drive, Falconer, NY. The cost to attend is $10/family. For more information, visit www.cce.cornell.edu/Chautauqua/leaf1718.

This workshop, which will include demonstrations with tractors and equipment along with presentations and distribution of reference materials, will cover several important topics, including: Review of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standards for Agriculture Equipment including Proper Tractor and Equipment Operation, Power Take-off Shafts, Guarding of Farm Equipment, Rollover Protective Structures (ROPS) and much more useful information to learn how to stay safe while operating tractors and farm equipment.

Anyone who may have to operate farm equipment — old or new, from compact to full size tractors, tillage equipment, or harvesting equipment such as mowers or balers, will learn useful tips on checking equipment before operating, how to operate equipment effectively, and steps to stay safe while operating farm equipment. While newer farm equipment is specifically designed for safe handling and operation, some operate older farm equipment that is outdated and missing some of the latest standard safety features.

Leading this workshop will be Martin Krause, from Delevan, NY, who is currently the WNY consultant for NYCAMH (New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health). This workshop is supported by a grant from the Northeast Extension Risk Management Program.

The L.E.A.F. Workshop Series is open to the general public, including homesteaders, beginning farmers, established farmers looking to diversify and grow, agriculture enthusiasts, and everyone in between! The 2017-2018 Workshop Series will feature over 20 workshops to be held throughout the upcoming Fall and Winter months. This season’s L.E.A.F. Program is made possible through the generous support of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

Pre-registration is required by Oct. 18 to allow for adequate time to prepare printed resources and materials. Interested participants can register online by visiting www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua/leaf1718, by emailing kaw249@cornell.edu, or by calling 716-664-9502 ext. 202.

The L.E.A.F. Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua) in line with the County’s 20/20 Comprehensive Plan. CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.

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