Agriculture is the top industry in Mississippi, highlighting the significance of ‘National Farm Safety and Health Week.’
Approximately 17% of the state’s workforce is employed in the agricultural industry, which generates $7.35 billion a year.
‘National Farm Safety and Health Week’ has been proclaimed each year since 1944 to signify the importance of safety on our nation’s farms as the the agricultural sector remains one of the most dangerous in America.
According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 573 fatalities—equivalent to 23.1 deaths per 100,000 workers—on farms across the county in 2019. Because fall is one of the busiest seasons for farmers, this annual event occurs throughout the the third week of September.
The White House proclamation expresses gratitude to farmers as they deal with their normal challenges and the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Despite these challenges, our dedicated farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers have continued to work around the clock, putting their lives and the lives of their loved ones on the line to ensure that families across the country have food on the table. Their sacrifices are commendable, but they should not have to risk injury, illness, or death to do their jobs. Our Nation has a duty to protect agricultural workers and promote safety education for farmers and farm families. We must continue to reduce the risks of accidents, injuries, and fatalities — including those on rural roadways involving tractors and other machinery — as well as the health risks associated with prolonged exposure to fertilizers and chemical agents,” the proclamation reads.
During this week, Mississippi Farm Bureau is emphasizing the importance of road safety as it relates to slow moving vehicles, asking that motorists remain patient if you encounter a tractor of other farm-related vehicles on the roadways.
‘National Farm Safety and Health Week’ runs through September 25th.
Click here to view informative webinars provided by The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety.