Recent Updates

  1. Pesticide Protective Equipment

    Objective: To be able to choose the proper attire for pesticide application and assure cleanliness of personal protective equipment. Trainer’s Note
  2. First-aid Kits

    Objective: To gain familiarity with a first-aid kit. Trainer’s Note Review location and contents of the kit prior to session. Check for outdated and/or missing items. Acquaint employees with the location and contents of the kit. Ask employees to suggest additional kit items. Invite a health care professional to participate in this session. Review the true or false quiz.
  3. Traveling with 4-H Teens

    Traveling with young people can be a very rewarding experience. In order to be successful, chaperones must be prepared and understand proper policies and procedures. Additionally, chaperones must avoid generalizing to teen characteristics, understand the developmental needs of participants and think about how to create a youth-adult partnership throughout the experience (Curtis, 2015).
  4. Chock and Block

    Objective: To be able to secure a vehicle or piece of equipment using the proper chock and block method. Trainer’s Note To demonstrate the chock and block principles, have the training session in the farm shop or in the field. Give employees the opportunity to demonstrate how they would chock/block equipment if they were using it in the field or working on repairs in the shop. Review the true or false quiz.
  5. Why Do Septic Systems Malfunction? 

    A properly functioning septic system removes pollutants from wastewater, and with proper usage and maintenance, the system should work for decades, protecting public health and the environment. However, when a septic system malfunctions or fails, contamination can occur. Obvious signs that a septic system may not be operating properly include soft, smelly spots in the yard and sewage backing up into the home. Other failures are not always apparent, however, and can result in untreated wastewater contaminating streams, ditches, or groundwater.
  6. Septic System Care and Maintenance 

    Homes beyond the reach of a city sewer must treat and disperse wastewater on their lots. This household sewage treatment system requires regular care and maintenance just like other components of a home. A neglected system threatens public health and can result in financial losses to the property. In cities, a trained professional operator cares for the wastewater treatment system. For homes with household sewage treatment systems, the property owner is responsible for maintenance.
  7. Palmer Amaranth and Waterhemp Management: It’s All About the Seed

    Problem: These weeds produce a LOT of seed Palmer amaranth and waterhemp are dioecious species, with separate male and female plants. Female plants will bear the seed at end of the season, so populations will have a mix of plants with and without seed.
  8. Preventing Falls

    Objective: To be able to recognize hazards and prevent falls. Trainer’s Note
  9. Power Take-Off (PTO) Shielding

    Objective: To be aware of the dangers of not using PTO shielding. Trainer’s Note Use PTO shields on implements for demonstrating the points in this training lesson. Point out the shields on a tractor with power take-off. Ask workers to give examples of mishaps that can occur when shielding is not in place. Review the true or false quiz.
  10. Preventing Lifting and Overexertion Injuries

    Objective: To be able to lift properly to avoid injuries. Trainer’s Note Problems can arise from overexertion. On a flip chart, list guidelines and suggestions for proper handling. Describe jobs that might result in overexertion. Ask a worker to demonstrate appropriate lifting techniques. Cover some practical tips to avoid overexertion. Review the true or false quiz.