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March 02, 2007   Email to Friend 

AFBF MARKS FARM SAFETY WEEK MARCH 4-10
Tracy Taylor Grondine
(202) 406-3642
March 02, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Farm Bureau Safety and Health Network's Agricultural Safety Awareness week, dedicated to shedding light on the importance of farm safety education, is just around the corner. In recognition of this, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns proclaimed March 4-10 as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week.

The 2007 theme, "Step Up to the Plate for Farm Safety," celebrates the many positive steps the agricultural community takes to ensure safer farms and ranches. In the proclamation, Johanns encouraged farmers and rancher to commit to safety.

"I urge all citizens engaged in farming, ranching, or related industries to strive to increase awareness and commitment to safe agricultural practices and to set a positive example for all those who might be influenced by their actions," said Johanns. "People working in America's agricultural sector make a vital contribution to our nation's well-being by providing high quality food, fiber and fuel at reasonable costs."

AFBF President Bob Stallman said education is a key component of preventing farm and ranch injuries and deaths.

"State Farm Bureaus across the country will be recognizing the importance of agriculture and bringing the risks associated with feeding, clothing and fueling the nation and abroad to the forefront during Ag Safety Awareness Week in a variety of ways," said Stallman, adding that baseball legend, Texas rancher and Farm Bureau member Nolan Ryan is helping spread the word as official spokesman.

For more information, visit www.agsafetynow.com. The program is part of the Farm Bureau Safety and Health Network. The Network is made up of professionals affiliated with Farm Bureau that share an interest in identifying and decreasing safety and health risks associated with agricultural and rural life.


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