Certified Safe Farms- Updated
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We have been doing a program here in Alamance County called Certified Safe Farms for the past year, in conjunction with the Agromedicine Institute of NC. So far we have had five farms to participate and all of them passed with a score of 85 or higher.
This program takes a comprehensive approach to looking at the safety of your farm and offers a cost-share to help pay for safety improvements to your farm; currently this program is being offered to farmers, livestock producers, and nursery operators. I’m sure that most of you notice on most of my newsletters that I send out, there is a blurb in each that reminds you to try to be safe as you do your job, and this program is an extension of that cause. You as the operator are the most important part of your operation, and if an accident was to happen, it would dramatically affect all that could be done.
This program has two sections, one is an on-farm safety review, where a representative from the Agromedicine Institute and I will come out and look at your equipment this includes tractors, plows, harrows, etc. and buildings and determine if any safety issues may exist. The second part of the program is a low-cost health screening, where nurses will take vital information and make recommendations if they note a concern. After this part is covered and if your receive a passing score of 85 or above on your farm then you will receive a sign that you can place on your farm, along with a spreadsheet outlining all the information that we take from the on-farm safety review. From this you may be able to take this information to your insurance agent, and he or she maybe able to adjust your premiums on your land and maybe your health insurance. I know that in this day and time, every farmer is looking for a way to save money where they can, and this may be a way to do that.
The cost share part of this program has changed a little bit now, before there was up to a $500.00 lump sum payment if you spent $1000.00 on safety improvements for you farm. Along with that payment was quite a bit of paperwork that you would have to fill out and return before you could receive your cost share money.
Now the cost share has been simplified! After you participate in the program, you can put together a list of the items that you want to improve the safety aspects of your farm, and turn it in. From there those items will be ordered (up to $500.00 worth) and will be directly shipped to your farm.
There is quite a bit that goes into this program, so if you are interested in participating or have questions about the program, please feel free to give me a call at 336-570-6740 or come by the Extension Office and I will try to answer any questions that I can.
Here is a brochure that goes along with the program, and covers the highlights of this program.
Certified Safe Farm Brochure:
We now have a Website to share about the program: