Thanks and Giving: Farm Safety

My Generation

Day 28 of giving thanks…for change that's good.

Published on: November 28, 2010

A lot has changed in the past 30 years on the farm. Much of it is good.

Like farm safety.

I think back to my childhood and am slightly amazed I made it through it. Not that my parents did anything wrong necessarily. Everybody had exposed augers back then. No one had ROPS. We all played in the corn in the wagon. It's just the way it was.

But over time, we've learned, often through heartache and loss. Ag engineers and farm safety experts have come up with some great stuff. Today, we take great pains to teach our children how to be safe, and we make sure the equipment we use is as safe as it can possibly be. No one rides in the tractor with Dad unless it's got a buddy seat and a seat belt. No one gets close to the grain setup. I'm not so arrogant to think nothing could happen on our farm, but we're sure a lot more careful in agriculture than we used to be.

And with three little kids on the farm, that's something to be thankful for.

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