Farm Bureaus across the nation are promoting Agricultural Safety Awareness Week March 6-12. The 2005 theme, “Farm Safety Is Coming of Age,” celebrates a renewed focus on making farms and ranches safer for farmers, their family members and employees.

According to Marsha Purcell, managing director of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, “Agricultural Safety Awareness Week serves to focus the attention of producers on agricultural safety issues prior to the busy planting season.”

The “Farm Safety Is Coming of Age” theme also recognizes that producing the safest and most abundant food in the world involves all members of the family in age-appropriate tasks. Farm safety must be emphasized year-round from the oldest to the youngest and from grandchild to grandparent, according to Farm Bureau.

Numerous state Farm Bureaus are holding events to teach people about the importance of farm safety. The most common injuries on the farm are related to tractors and rollover incidents.

Agricultural Safety Awareness Week is sponsored by the Farm Bureau Safety and Health Network. The week is one component of the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program, which reminds farmers and ranchers to take the time to act safely and to repair or replace safety devices that protect them, their family members and employees from injuries and fatalities. “Do it now,” says Farm Bureau.

The Farm Bureau Safety and Health Network is made up of professionals affiliated with state Farm Bureaus who share an interest in identifying and decreasing the safety and health risks associated with farming and rural life.

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture coordinates the safety network. Further information is available online at: http://www.agfoundation.org/safety/.