Keep your farm ready for anything


JEFFERSON, Ohio – A farm safety and preparedness workshop will be March 1 at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Orwell, Ohio. This workshop has been designed to help farm families increase farm safety and develop a plan for the unexpected.
Day and night. Two workshops will be held for this program. The day session will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The morning session will feature Dee Jepsen, OSU Extension farm safety coordinator and Dan Koziol, director of the south central ambulance district.
Jepsen will provide tips on how to be better prepared for any disaster that could affect our farm and Koziol will provide tips on how farm families can respond to an emergency until professional medical attention arrives.
Plan ahead. In the afternoon of the day session, David Marrison, Ashtabula County extension educator, and Danielle Dufour, organization director of the Ashtabula County Farm Bureau, will share tips on rural security planning and provide information on how the Ashtabula County Emergency Management Agency is working to help farmers in an emergency.
Kathy Redmond from Gates McDonald will also discuss worker compensation issues. This session will help farm families enrolled in Farm Bureau’s worker compensation group through Gates McDonald to re-certify their worker compensation status.
The evening session of this workshop will be 7-9 p.m. and will serve as an abbreviated version of the day program. During the evening program, David McKibben from Gates McDonald will share workers compensation issues, Koziol will share how to respond to a medical farm emergency, and Dufour and Marrison will discuss how to plan for any potential disaster or security events.
Register. Both sessions of this workshop are free. Registration is required by Feb. 23 by calling the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008 or the Ashtabula County Farm Bureau at 440-437-8700.

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