Safety Counts: Become a Certified Safe Farm!

— Written By and last updated by Margaret Green

Every year farmers, farm workers, and their family members are at risk for serious injury, health concerns, and even death due to the hazardous nature of farming. It’s sometimes the busy harvest season when tragedy strikes. That’s why National Farm Safety & Health Week is observed during the third week of September. “Safety Counts ~ Protecting What Matters” is this year’s theme.

What will you do to protect what matters on your farm or in your community? There are plenty of activities highlighting safe farm practices to choose from during September 21 – 27. The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) features a daily webinar and online resources. Learn more about rural roadway safety, sun safety, occupational health services, children’s safety, grain bin safety and confined space entry, and safe tractors by visiting

Better yet, take it one step further and take action closer to home. Consider becoming a Certified Safe Farm! The program offers voluntary, non-regulatory on-farm safety reviews conducted by Extension agriculture agents, AgriSafe-NC occupational health and wellness services, a cost-share program for making improvements, and a farm entrance recognition sign for successful farms. Offered through a partnership of NC State University, N.C. Cooperative Extension, and the NC Agromedicine Institute and funded by the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, Certified Safe Farm and AgriSafe-NC save lives, improve health, and lower costs on NC farms. The program helps farmers develop practical solutions to safety and health problems on their own operations, whether tobacco, cotton, fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, hog, poultry, cattle, Christmas trees, agritourism or any of the other diverse operations found in North Carolina. In the end, the program protects agriculture’s most important asset—its people.

Eighteen Extension County Centers were awarded grant funds to offer Certified Safe Farm, including Alexander, Anson, Ashe, Craven, Franklin, Gates, Granville, Hoke, Randolph, Robeson, Rowan, Scotland, Stanly, Union, Vance, Warren, Watauga, and Wilson. Contact your N.C. Cooperative Extension County Center to learn more!

Local Certified Safe Farm Contact:

N.C. Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Center, Charles Mitchell, 919-496-3344

Statewide contacts:

Certified Safe Farm: Julia Storm,

AgriSafe-NC: Robin Tutor-Marcom,

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