Crop, Stock & Ledger: First aid kit is a great gift for any farm

Crop, Stock & Ledger: First aid kit is a great gift for any farm

By DOUG GUCKER

Safety is a 24/7 challenge for farmers, ranchers and farm families. On the farm, you must be prepared to handle an injury until emergency help arrives.

The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety has developed a special fabric first aid kit with farm injuries in mind, but it contains first aid supplies useful in any emergency response or for everyday use. Made of durable materials, the kit is weather- and moisture-resistant and contains more than $85 worth of first aid supplies but sells for $40. This is a great gift for your farm operation.

The farm first aid kit contains: adhesive strip bandages, antibiotic ointment, eye patch, eye wash containers, dressing, elastic bandages, finger splint, gauze wrap, ice pack, isothermal blanket, latex gloves, shears, splinter forceps (tweezers), 1-inch paper tape, triangle bandage, CPR face shield and more. To order, call NECAS at 888-844-6322.

Upcoming farm meetings

2014 UI Corn and Soybean Classics. Registration is now open for the 2014 University of Illinois Corn and Soybean Classics. The program, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will feature nine presentations that emphasize crop production, pest management, economics and the interactions among them. Our local classic will be on Jan. 6 at the Champaign I Hotel and Conference Center.

Market updates will be provided throughout the day, and communication between speakers and participants is encouraged. Question-and-answer sessions are scheduled for both morning and afternoon sessions.

A noon lunch and a proceedings booklet containing synopses of all presentations will be provided to each registrant. Registrations will be received until Dec. 30, and all on-site registrations are $75. Register for the 2014 UI Corn and Soybean Classics at cropsciconferences.com.

2014 Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Conference and Trade Show. This event will be Jan. 8-10 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield. The conference, which features nearly 100 speakers and 60 trade show exhibitors, will host four concurrent preconference workshops, general sessions and breakout sessions aimed at farmers looking for more information on a variety of topics. These topics include: agritourism, fruits, vegetables, herbs, organic food, irrigation, plasticulture and other emerging issues. A detailed conference agenda and registration information can be viewed at specialtygrowers.org.

Farm marketing outlook meeting. With grain market prices lower than last year, there will be a marketing and production cost outlook meeting held on Jan. 22.

Gary Schnitkey, UI Extension agricultural economics specialist, will speak on the outlook for farm production costs with our current grain price trends. A speaker from Advanced Trading will discuss the current price trends in grains and livestock and possible marketing strategies for producers.

The meeting will be held at the UI Extension office in Clinton and will start at 7 p.m. To register for this meeting, call 935-5764 or visit web.extension.illinois.edu/dmp/.

Doug Gucker is educator for local food systems and small farms at the UI Extension, DeWitt/Macon/Piatt unit. You can reach him at 877-6042 or dgucker@illinois.edu.

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