Category Archives: Safety

IPM (Integrated Pest Management)

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County  Integrated Pest Management (IPM)             Integrated Pest Management or IPM is a strategy used to manage pests by using economically and environmentally sustainable practices.  What is a pest to some may not be a pest to others. There are several steps to an IPM program.  The first step is to scout and monitor the site for pests and the damage caused by the pest.  The second step is to accurately identify the pest causing the damage.  A… Read More →

Hearing Protection on the Farm

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Hearing Protection for Farm Workers             Farming can be quite noisy at times so it is important for farm workers to protect themselves from hearing loss when possible.  Did you know that it is common for farmers to lose hearing in one ear faster than the other?  Typically one ear is facing the tractor exhaust or loud towed machinery more than the other as the farmer has to constantly look back toward the working equipment. Sound… Read More →

September–National Preparedness Month

Ag Biz News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County  September is National Preparedness Month  September is National Preparedness Month.  When it comes to preparing for the unexpected, get informed, get prepared, and get involved.  Disasters can be caused from hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, accidents, terrorism, ice storms, and wildfires to name a few. One of the first steps is to get informed.  You should learn about what could happen and how to respond to disaster preparedness.  Several resources are available to assist you in times of… Read More →

Safety on the Farm

Ag Biz News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Safety on the Farm                 Safety on the farm is important especially around livestock and equipment.  Working around livestock, even gentle livestock, can lead to accidents.  Using heavy equipment such as tractors and equipment can lead to injury if not used properly.  Many people today have all terrain vehicles (ATV) they use to feed and for other jobs on the farm. Safe operation of the ATV is important.  Farming and ranching can be one of the more dangerous… Read More →