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Farm Bureau to hold safety training

KEWANEE — The Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) and Grain Handling Safety Coalition (GHSC) are partnering to provide grain handling safety training for grain elevator employees, farmers, farm employees and commercial operators. The training is meant to help farmers and employees identify, avoid and eliminate the hazards of handling grain.

The training will be held March 5 at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center, 404 E. Third St., Kewanee. Sessions will be offered at 8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 5 p.m.

The training is being made available through a grant given to the GHSC, and a partnership between the Bureau, Henry and Stark County Farm Bureaus. To receive the grant, county Farm Bureaus were required to form a partnership with other community organizations, be willing to host and sponsor the event, and choose the topics to be covered.

“Illinois had the largest increase of off-farm storage capacity in 2011 and more than 10 percent of the national on-farm storage capacity,” said Bob Aherin, program leader, University of Illinois Extension Agriculture Safety and Health. “Engulfment and entrapment are on the rise nationwide, which is why these grain safety training programs are so important.”

The Farm Bureau’s grain handling safety training will include an overview of grain handling and storage, training on entanglement hazards and guarding, fall protection, grain bin entry and confined spaces.

“These trainings are available in a variety of lengths and provide a variety of information, depending on what the county hosting the training specifically needs,” said Peggy Romba, program manager, IFB. “Most important, they provide life-saving information to farmers, making rural communities safer.”

For more information or to register for the grain handling safety training – contact the Bureau County Farm Bureau at 815-875-6468 or email bcfb@comcast.net.

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