Agricultural Safety Day free event scheduled for Feb. 23 in Clinton County

Submitted by Tom Breckel

WILMINGTON — The Clinton County Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC) is teaming up with the Clinton County Farm Bureau and The Ohio State University Extension Office in the county to host an Agricultural Safety Day.

The free event will take place on Wednesday, February 23 at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Wilmington.

Attendees will focus on critical issues associated with agriculture-related fatalities during one of two sessions. There will be a morning session held from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 23, or you can opt to attend an afternoon session from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day.

The safety event will have food, and will cover topics ranging from grain bin silo rescue, to storing hazardous materials, vehicle safety, stop-the-bleed training, mental health, and more.

Participants should register via the Clinton county EMA’s website at .

A Clinton County EMA news release stated, “Agriculture is elemental to the lifeblood of our community, with 747 farms and 212,769 farmable acres in Clinton County.”

Moreover, according to the 2019 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the agricultural sector is still one of the most dangerous in America with 5,333 fatalities, or an equivalent of 17.4 deaths per 100,000 workers.

Please keep this in mind: Today’s farmer has to be part scientist, two parts engineer, and always ready to be their own first responder.

“The Agri-Safety Day is a great opportunity to sharpen knowledge essential to today’s farm operations. Please save the date and join us to learn more,” stated a spokesperson.

For more information, contact: Thomas Breckel with LEPC at 937-382-6673; Ashley Rose with the Farm Bureau at 937- 382-4407; or Tony Nye of OSU Extension at 937-382-0901.

Submitted by Tom Breckel