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EC937, Getting Started in Farming: Part-Time or Small Farms
What type of site is suited to farming? What are the advantages and disadvantages of farming part-time? How efficient can a small farmer be? This publication discusses all these important questions. It also looks at specific livestock and crop enterprises and the management decisions they require.
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EC938, Getting Started in Farming Via the Home Farm
This publication touches on topics pertinent to successful joint-farming relationships including communication, records, financial and estate planning, capital turnover and more. It sparks thought-provoking discussion about practical business and personal decisions required.
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EC939, Getting Started in Farming: So You Have Inherited a Farm
Many people find themselves inheriting a farm and not knowing what to do. This publication outlines the initial decisions needed and helps identify personal situations. It also suggests options that may work in farming. It discusses going into farming, keeping the farm as an investment and selling. It also includes a discussion about co-inheriting and taxes.
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G1913, Understanding the Material Safety Data Sheet
Awareness of the importance of safety has increased in the pesticide and pest control industry over the past several decades. This awareness has grown in response to activities by the government and the public as well as the news media, including coverage of major chemical accidents. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 1989 expanded its Hazard Communication Standard to cover all employees who could potentially be exposed to hazardous chemicals in their work areas — regardless of the place of employment or the nature of the work. The Hazard Communication Standard requires that chemical manufacturers and importers thoroughly evaluate chemicals that they produce and import to determine their hazard potential. If a chemical presents a hazard, a material safety data sheet (MSDS) must be developed to communicate the hazard potential to users.
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G1916, Pesticide Application Safety
The great variety of pesticides used in America's agricultural production system presents varying degrees of hazard. These products were made to alter life cycles of living pest organisms, and many of these products are dangerous to people if not handled properly.
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G1931, Animal Handling Safety Considerations
Few farmers view livestock as a source of danger. Yet animal-related accidents cause numerous deaths and serious injuries each year. A recent National Safety Council study ranked beef cattle farms second and dairy operations third among all farming enterprises in injuries per hours of work. Seventeen percent of all farm injuries involved animals. This equaled the percentage of injuries caused by farm machinery.
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G1932, Portable Ladder Safety
Portable ladders are one of the handiest, simplest tools we use. Because of their effectiveness, ladders are used by many different people to perform many different tasks. Although ladders are very uncomplicated, planning and care are still required to use them safely. Each year in the U.S., accidents involving ladders cause an estimated 300 deaths and 130,000 injuries requiring emergency medical attention.
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EQM100, An Introduction to Assessing the Environmental Safety of Your Home
Home-A-Syst is a confidential self-assessment program you can use to evaluate your home and property for pollution and health risks. In every home — large or small, new or old, city or country — there are potential pollution sources that can affect the health of your family, your community, or the environment.
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G1957, Large Round Bales: Safety
The key to safe and efficient systems for handling large round bales is an operator who knows the hazards involved and who follows safety practices that can prevent accidents. Operators must be constantly alert for situations that may cause injuries to themselves or others. Besides pain and suffering, accidents contribute to higher costs in terms of unnecessary downtime or costly machine repairs. Alertness and safety consciousness can result in more efficient and profitable baling and handling.
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G1961, Agriculture and the Occupational Safety and Health Act
A farmer who employs one or more persons has the legal responsibility to assure safe and healthful working conditions under the William-Steiger Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. An amendment to the act also prevents the Occupational Safety and Health Administration from spending any funds to issue or enforce any regulations that apply to any person who farms and employs 10 or fewer employees.
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