Recent Updates

  1. Safe Use of Tractors and Self-Propelled Farm Equipment

    Objective: To be able to safely operate tractors and other self-propelled farm equipment. Trainer’s Note
  2. Phosphorus Nutrient Management for Yield and Reduced P Loss at Edge of Field

    Eight steps to maximize returns to phosphorus in row crop production while reducing downstream contributions to streams and lakes.
  3. Soil Evaluation for Home Septic Systems  

    The first step in constructing a septic system is to understand and describe the soil.  Soil is an excellent medium for treating wastewater and is the most important part of a septic system.  The system designer uses information about the soil to select the system type and size.
  4. Consumer Debt Relief in the United States and Canada

    In July, the New York Fed’s “Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit” reported that delinquency rates on mortgages, auto loans, and credit cards are currently similar to, or lower than, they’ve been at any point since 2000. Serious delinquency (90 plus days) for all loan types, except for student loans, which remains high, peaked during the Great Recession and are currently low or very low compared with historical levels (Federal Reserve Bank of New York 2017a, b).
  5. Safe Use of the Power Take-off (PTO)

    Objective: To become aware of the dangers of the PTO system, and to learn to use the system safely. Trainer’s Note
  6. Safe Handling of Livestock Medications

    Objective: To demonstrate how to handle and store livestock medications. Trainer’s Note The livestock producer needs to handle needles and medicines. This can be dangerous. An employee responsible for administering medication might assist with this demonstration. Highlight the proper usage and disposal of needles. Review the true or false quiz.
  7. Safe Use of Jacks

    Objective: To know how to correctly use jacks for equipment repairs. Trainer’s Note Serious crushing injuries can result from the improper use of jacks. Demonstrate the correct way to use a jack when working on equipment. Let teams of workers practice the correct method for using a jack with various pieces of equipment. Review the true or false quiz.
  8. Safe Use of Hydraulic Systems

    Objective: To know the hazards that could occur from working with hydraulic equipment and how to prevent them. Trainer’s Note Many farm implements use a hydraulic system. Understanding the system reduces the chances of having an incident. Ask an experienced worker to demonstrate hooking up farm machinery to the hydraulic system on a tractor. Other workers might practice. Review the true or false quiz.
  9. Safe Use of Harvesting Equipment with Cutterbars

    Objective: To be able to safely work with and unplug cutterbar-equipped farm machinery. Trainer’s Note Conduct this session in the shop or field. Have harvesting equipment available to demonstrate the proper way to unplug cutters. Review service and maintenance needs. Emphasize that safety must always be the first priority. Review the true or false quiz.
  10. The Benefits of Family Meals

    Conversation, togetherness, relationship building, and healthful eating are just a few of the benefits family mealtimes provide. In today’s hectic lifestyle, it can be challenging to bring the family together for a shared meal; however, the benefits may be worth the extra effort.