Noxubee County Farm Bureau recently hosted a Farm Safety Fund Media Day to discuss the importance of farm safety, the purpose of the Noxubee County Farm Bureau Farm Safety Fund and recognize the sponsors of the fund at Good Farms in Macon.
Noxubee County Farm Bureau recognizes that one of the most dangerous farm jobs is working in or around grain bins – a metal structure used to store grains, like corn and soybeans. That is why they established the Farm Safety Fund to raise money to provide local emergency responders with the education and equipment needed to make a successful grain bin safety rescue, Noxubee County Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Chair Christian Good said.
“Last fall, a local farmer was in a grain entrapment situation,” Good said. “The local firefighters did not have the proper training or equipment for a grain bin safety rescue, so it was truly miraculous that he survived. After that incident, we wanted to make sure our first responders were educated on a grain bin safety rescue and had the proper equipment if another farmer were to become trapped in a grain bin.”
Firefighters are trained to be reactive, but the equipment and education Farm Bureau has provided to the Noxubee County Fire Department has allowed them to become more proactive, Noxubee County EMR and Fire Coordinator Jim Robbins said.
“Farm Bureau has been instrumental in providing the grain bin safety training and helping us get this much needed equipment,” Robbins said. “Equipment is one thing, but the next part of the equation is knowing how to use it effectively. Hopefully, we never have to use it, but we want to be prepared in case it happens.”
Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Safety Specialist Benton Moseley hopes more counties will mirror programs after the Noxubee County Farm Safety Fund.
“We’re trying to raise awareness,” Moseley said. “I’m not an expert, but I love sharing what I know about grain bin safety rescues. I love being able to talk to farmers and first responders about techniques and equipment for a grain bin extrication. To have the kind of support the Noxubee County Farm Bureau is providing is invaluable.”
MFBF Safety Department staff travel across the Southeast each year helping local first responders learn about grain bin safety rescues and the equipment they need, MFBF President Mike McCormick said.
“Since establishing our grain bin safety program, more than 10 lives have been saved. Those rescues can be attributed to the work our Safety Department has done,” McCormick said. “We are so thankful to be able to give back to our Mississippi communities. I commend the Noxubee County Farm Bureau for taking this work a step further by raising the money to educate their local first responders and purchase the needed grain bin safety equipment.”
In addition to purchasing the grain bin safety equipment, Noxubee County Farm Bureau aspires to use their Farm Safety Fund proceeds to eventually fund other safety trainings, Good said.
“This was a grassroots effort between Farm Bureau, local farmers, corporate sponsors and local first responders to benefit our community, so we want to continue this work,” Good said.
Sponsors of the Noxubee County Farm Bureau Farm Safety Fund include:
- John Deere Wade Incorporated
- Peco Foods, Inc.
- Corteva Agriscience
- Bayer Crop Science
- Southern Feed and Seed
- H&R Agri-Power
- Philip Good Farms
- Green Point Ag
For more information about available MFBF safety education workshops, visit msfb.org/safety.