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Family Farming Accidents and Expertise in the Corn Belt, 1940-1975: Iowa and the Upper Midwest

Jese Leos
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Farming is a dangerous occupation. Every year, thousands of farmers are injured or killed in accidents. In the United States, the fatality rate for farmers is more than twice the rate for all other workers.

Harvest of Hazards: Family Farming Accidents and Expertise in the Corn Belt 1940 1975 (Iowa and the Midwest Experience)
Harvest of Hazards: Family Farming, Accidents, and Expertise in the Corn Belt, 1940-1975 (Iowa and the Midwest Experience)

5 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 4360 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 270 pages

The Corn Belt is a region of the United States that is known for its productive agriculture. However, the region also has a long history of farm accidents. In the early 20th century, farm accidents were a leading cause of death for rural Americans. In Iowa, for example, farm accidents killed more people than any other type of accident in the 1940s and 1950s.

There are many factors that contribute to farm accidents. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Tractor rollovers
  • Falls from heights
  • Exposure to chemicals
  • Animal attacks

Farm accidents can have a devastating impact on families. In addition to the physical and emotional trauma, farm accidents can also lead to financial hardship. In some cases, a farm accident can force a family to sell their farm or move to a different area.

Despite the dangers, farming is a way of life for many families in the Corn Belt. Farmers are proud of their work and they are committed to providing food for their communities. However, farmers also know that farming is a dangerous occupation. They take precautions to stay safe, but they also rely on their expertise and experience to help them avoid accidents.

Over the years, farmers have developed a wealth of knowledge about how to stay safe on the farm. This knowledge is passed down from generation to generation. It is also shared through agricultural extension services and other organizations.
Family Farming Expertise

Family farming has been a way of life in the Corn Belt for generations. Farmers have a deep understanding of the land and the crops they grow. They also have a wealth of experience in how to operate farm equipment and how to care for livestock.

This expertise is essential for keeping farmers safe on the job. Farmers know how to identify potential hazards and how to take steps to avoid them. They also know how to handle emergencies and how to get help if they are injured.
Agricultural Extension Services

Agricultural extension services play an important role in promoting farm safety. These services provide farmers with information on safe farming practices and they also offer training programs on farm safety. Agricultural extension services also work with farmers to develop and implement safety programs on their farms.

The Cooperative Extension Service was established in 1914 as a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and land-grant universities. The Cooperative Extension Service provides educational programs to farmers and other rural residents.

In the 1940s and 1950s, the Cooperative Extension Service began to focus on farm safety. The Cooperative Extension Service developed educational materials on farm safety and it also offered training programs for farmers.

The Cooperative Extension Service's farm safety programs have helped to reduce the number of farm accidents in the Corn Belt. In Iowa, for example, the number of farm fatalities declined by more than 50% between 1940 and 1975.
Other Organizations

In addition to agricultural extension services, there are a number of other organizations that are working to promote farm safety. These organizations include:

  • The National Safety Council
  • The American Society of Safety Engineers
  • The National Farmers Union
  • The American Farm Bureau Federation

These organizations provide farmers with information on farm safety and they also offer training programs on farm safety. These organizations also work with farmers to develop and implement safety programs on their farms.

Family farming accidents are a serious problem in the Corn Belt. However, farmers have developed a wealth of knowledge about how to stay safe on the job. Agricultural extension services and other organizations are also working to promote farm safety. As a result, the number of farm accidents has declined in recent years.

Despite the progress that has been made, farm accidents continue to be a problem in the Corn Belt. Farmers need to continue to take precautions to stay safe on the job. They also need to rely on their expertise and experience to help them avoid accidents.

Harvest of Hazards: Family Farming Accidents and Expertise in the Corn Belt 1940 1975 (Iowa and the Midwest Experience)
Harvest of Hazards: Family Farming, Accidents, and Expertise in the Corn Belt, 1940-1975 (Iowa and the Midwest Experience)

5 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 4360 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 270 pages
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Harvest of Hazards: Family Farming Accidents and Expertise in the Corn Belt 1940 1975 (Iowa and the Midwest Experience)
Harvest of Hazards: Family Farming, Accidents, and Expertise in the Corn Belt, 1940-1975 (Iowa and the Midwest Experience)

5 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 4360 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 270 pages
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