Got milk?! The answer is a resounding “yes!” from American families. Approximately 212,436,000,000 pounds of milk were produced in the U.S. in 2016 according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), adding that milk consumption has consistently increased since 2009. For most of us, the journey to get our milk (and other dairy products) is a short one; it begins at the grocery store and ends at your kitchen table. What you don’t see is everything that happens before the milk ever gets to the grocery store. It’s quite a journey! June is National Dairy Month, and we want […]
Grains of Knowledge
Westfield Insurance is pleased to introduce three new states joining our WesCom Farm family — Arizona, Colorado and Wisconsin. As of May 2, agents in those states are able to enter, quote and submit farm policies directly from our system.
The first thing my neighbor does when he buys a new power tool is remove every safety guard. He says they slow him down. Unfortunately, he’s not alone in that decision. Modifying safety equipment is one of the leading causes of farm accidents involving chain saws, circular saws, drills and related tools and equipment. It’s simply not worth it.
Experience modifications rating factors (EMRs) are premium adjustments that modify your premium positively or negatively based on your own loss experience. Rating bureaus calculate a modification applied to a premium based on the information reported by the insurance company. This information consists of payroll and loss information for the past three full years.
In today’s agricultural scene, farmers have become creative in finding new ways to earn income in addition to the traditional farming practices of growing crops or raising livestock. One of those supplemental avenues is called agritainment, which is also known as agritourism.
Grain engulfment, or entrapment, kills dozens of American farm workers each year. And perhaps the ultimate tragedy is how easily this hazard can be avoided.
Because harvest season is a busy time for agricultural workers who are usually working longer hours with heavier workloads, it is an ideal time to remind your staff about the risks of common farm accidents such as bin-related falls.
From corn mazes to hayrides, opening your farm to the public for fall-themed activities can add a new revenue stream to your business. But doing so also presents risks if you fail to take measures to keep people safe.
The ingredients for grain dust explosion are common in a farm environment: fuel (the dust), oxygen — which suspends the dust in the air — and an ignition source. All three ingredients can be found in grain elevators or feed mills. But the ignition source of most explosive fires is material handling equipment, such as legs and conveyors.
It’s harvest time and all of your hard work has finally come to fruition. But as the days get shorter and you rush to get crops in during the harvest window, it can be tempting for you and your employees to cut corners.