Recent Updates

  1. Chain Saw Safety

    Objective: To know what safety precautions to take when working with a chain saw, and to practice proper maintain of the chain saw. Trainer’s Note Ask a seasoned employee who has used a chain saw to demonstrate the proper procedure. Allow employees to practice the correct method of using a chain saw. Stress the use of protective clothing and equipment. Review the true or false quiz.
  2. Caught-in or Caught-between Objects

    Objective: To understand why injuries involving being caught-in or between objects occur and how to prevent them. Trainer’s Note Share the following scenarios concerning caught-in or caught-between incidents and discuss the reasons they occur and how they could be prevented. Review the true or false quiz.
  3. Battery Safety

    Objective: To use and store batteries in a safe manner. Trainer's Note Discuss the different types of batteries and what types are used specifically within your operation. Examples may be helpful to have at the training session. The modules on lifting and eye protection could be reviewed along with this module. Review the true or false quiz.
  4. Arc Welding Safety

    Objective: To be able to weld using safe practices and to know what personal protective equipment should be used. Trainer's Note It is important to weld using safety precautions. There are many dangers related to welding. During the training session, have personal protective equipment available to show and for employees to try on. Review the true or false quiz.
  5. Modified Relay Intercropping

    Wheat is a flexible, adaptable plant (H. Lafever, 1990) with a growing season that starts with planting in the fall and ends with harvest in the early summer. This adaptability allows farmers to capture some 66 percent of the traditional growing season—May 1 to September 30—to produce a second crop through the inter-planting of soybeans into wheat in June. This practice is known as Modified Relay Intercropping (MRI).
  6. Making Your Own Convenience Foods

    Often times, preparing a family meal seems too much to take on after a busy day of activities. A way to remove the hurdle to sitting down together and eating with your family can be accomplished by planning and preparing part of those meals ahead of time. Keeping a list of already made, or half-made meals can make you feel in control as you start your day.
  7. How to Hire an Arborist

    An arborist, by definition, is an individual trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper tree care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well-cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability.
  8. Should I Continue Farming?

    Given the low prices of many farm commodities and a price outlook that may not be positive in the near term, you may be considering exiting agriculture. Making a decision to sell part or all of your farm is not easy and brings a great deal of emotions. Farmers may worry about being seen as a failure, the impact a sale will have on family and employees, or what they will do with their life after the sale. These are realistic concerns, but it’s important you don’t let emotions drive the decision-making process.
  9. Monitoring and Managing Spotted wing Drosophila in Fruit Crops

    Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) (Drosophila suzukii) is an invasive vinegar fly that attacks otherwise healthy ripening soft-bodied fruits. SWD is native to southeastern Asia, and most likely arrived in other countries via overseas trade of infested fruit. The first U.S. detection occurred in Hawaii in 1980, and in 2008, it was found in the continental U.S. in California. This pest has since spread rapidly to all states except Nevada and Arizona by 2016. It was detected in Ohio raspberries in 2011, and in a variety of small fruit and grapes in 2012.
  10. Creating Signage for Direct Food and Agricultural Sales

    Signage welcomes customers to a farm or market. It can provide information about your farm products, share product attributes, display prices, and invite customers to buy. Signs can skillfully direct customers around agritourism operations and keep lines moving at the farmers market. Whether it’s a large, colorful banner displaying your farm logo or a small produce sign, good signage communicates your farm’s unique brand and value proposition.