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Safety on the swine farm should never be taken for granted

By Diane DeWitte, swine Extension educator. Originally printed in The LAND - August 21/August 28, 2020.September is a busy and favorite time of year for all of us in agriculture. Harvest is near, there’s a lot to be done in crisp fall weather, and most farm families are working through repeated long days and short nights.

September always includes National Farm Safety & Health Week, and this year it will be September 20-26 with the theme: Every Farmer Counts. With that in mind, it’s a good time to review some of the most important safety issues facing swine producers.SWINE FARM SAFETY EQUALS SPECIAL CHALLENGESLivestock farmers must address different types of farmer safety issues beyond those of the modern crop producer. When working with swine, caretakers deal with an intelligent, gregarious being with a long memory. Calm treatment and regular positive interaction quickly establish the pigs’ good behavior habits.

A 2006 12-week study showed that when a human walked through th…
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Allen D. Leman Conference

Join us for the 2020 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference on September 19 – 22. Due to COVID-19, this year’s conference will be completely online! Details are posted on the conference website.
Register now! Early bird registration has ended, but registration is still open. Register online to pay by credit card or register via alternative payment if you need to pay by check or have the fee billed to your organization. Registration breakdown is: general $300, graduate student $125 and DVM student $25.

The Leman Conference is presented by College of Veterinarian Medicine and University of Minnesota Extension.

Funds available to update livestock operations

Minnesota Department of Agriculture is encouraging livestock farmers in the state to apply for the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) Livestock Investment Grant program. The AGRI Program’s Livestock Improvement Grants encourage long-term industry development through investment in facilities, infrastructure and equipment.
Applicants may apply for up to 10% of their project’s total cost. Grant awards can range in size from $400 to $25,000. Each livestock operation is eligible to receive a lifetime maximum of $50,000 from this grant program.

Applications of project proposals are due November 4, 2020 by 4 p.m. Applicants are encouraged to apply online, with applications provided in alternative formats if needed.

Visit the AGRI Livestock Investment website for more information.