September 21-27 is National Farm Safety Week. This year’s theme is “Safety Counts: Protecting What Matters.” The theme underscores the importance of working together to build a safer and healthier agricultural work place. California produces nearly half of US-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables. At the heart of this industry are the farmers and agricultural workers, whose labor provides us with an abundant food supply. However, they, and often their families, are exposed to a unique, sometimes hazardous workplace that can affect health at all age levels.
During National Farm Safety Week, the 10 Agricultural Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health salute those working in agriculture. You can watch online safety videos through a special YouTube channel. These safety videos are designed for producers, extension agents, and farm families. Safety Counts: Protect What Matters, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/USagCenters or visit the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety website at http://agcenter.ucdavis.edu/, which is housed at the University of California, Davis.