Grain Safety Week is April 13 through 17. This week’s focus is to raise awareness about grain handling and storage hazards, provide education and training and convey best safety practices. We will celebrate this week by “sharing best practice” prevention strategies to keep you and your family safe. The six areas of focus include entrapment/engulfment, falls, entanglement, dust explosions, electrical, and struck by.

Entrapment/Engulfment

• Always Lock Out/Tag Out unloading equipment before entering bin.

• Never work alone in a bin.

• Always wear a harness and lifeline.

Falls

• Use fall protection for heights over 4 feet-either restraint or fall arrest systems.

• 3-4-1 Triangle for ladders-extend ladder 3 feet above surface: for every 4 feet of height, place ladder 1 foot away from surface.

Entanglement

• If it moves, guard it! Use Auto-Around, Under, Through, Over.

• Always Lock Out/Tag Out all equipment before working on it.

Dust Explosions

• Limit all ignition sources & control fire elements.

• Perform maintenance & housekeeping regularly.

Electrical

• Lower augers, poles, ladders, etc. to avoid hitting overhead power lines.

• Use Lock Out/Tag Out before service or maintenance.

Struck By

• Wear Personal Protective Equipment-hardhat, steel toed footwear.

• Secure overhead objects & transport tools in secure manner.

• Block & Lock. Block tires & raised beds. Lock vehicles, hydraulics & mechanisms.

Office Operations/Programing Update: The Stephenson County Farm Bureau will remain closed to the public until May 1st. At that time, we will reopen at 8 a.m. This is subject to change if an extension to the “Shelter in Place” order is extended. Our team is just a phone call 815-353-9655 or email away manager@stephensoncfb.org so please do not hesitate to reach out if we can help with any needs. We are hopeful that our summer programming will continue as planned. But we will reevaluate that as time progresses. Visit our website to view our upcoming trips at stephensoncfb.org/about-us/trips.

COVID-19 Illinois Farm Bureau Member Survey: To better understand how Farm Bureau can help our members during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are asking our members to complete the questionnaire linked below. Provide your input on what problems you foresee, what programs would be helpful to you, how should USDA allocate the money provided in the CARES Act, and where should IFB's focus be on the next COVID-19 stimulus bill. Be specific in your responses. This is your opportunity to guide our organization's actions moving forward. To participate in the survey visit: p2a.co/3RwW3c9.

Scholarships are now available: Stephenson County Farm Bureau Foundation offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors and continuing education students. These scholarships applications can be picked up at our office at 210 W. Spring St., Freeport, or printed from our website at stephensoncfb.org under the “news” tab. The deadline for the graduating high school seniors is April 17, and the application for continuing college students is due June 1. If you have questions or would like more information, please call our office 815-232-3186 or email: manager@stephensoncfb.org and ask for Victoria.

Limited Seats remain for Shipshewana Amish Country Bus Trip: Join us as we travel to LaGrange County, Indiana, during our annual Shipshewana bus trip June 8-10, 2020. Highlights include Blue Gate Theatre dinner and show, a day of tours including stops at Dutch Country Market, Tea Berry Woodworking and Heritage Hall Cheese and the famous Shipshewana flea market and more! Our group will stay at the Farmstead Inn which is walking distance from shops and downtown Shipshewana. Prices vary depending on room occupancy (non-members add $40). Single room occupancy $500/person, double room occupancy $375/person, triple room occupancy $340 and quad room occupancy $325/person. Price includes motor coach transportation, two nights lodging with breakfast, Blue Gate Theatre dinner and show, Amish tour with lunch, an Amish dinner, and all gratuities and refreshments on bus. Meals while traveling to and from Shipshewana are not included. Final registration deadline April 17, 2020. To reserve your spot, please call 815-232-3186. More details can be found on our website at stephensoncfb.org.

Door County Early Bird Registration Discount extended: The early bird discount of $50 per person for our trip to Door County, July 27 through July 30,2020 has been extended until April 22nd. If you pay for your trip in full by April 22 you will receive the $50. For more information on this trip and our other trips please visit stephensoncfb.org or call our office and we will mail you a flyer.

Bruce Johnson Memorial Farm to Farm 5K/10K Run has been rescheduled: The new date for the run is June 13, 2020. We hope to have a great turnout for this event. The final date to register to guarantee a T-shirt and finisher medal is May 29. If you are interested in participating in the run, registration can be completed at runsignup.com or by printing a paper registration from our website at stephensoncfb.org.

Victoria Hansen is manager of the Stephenson County Farm Bureau