If you made a list of what keeps agribusiness plant operators awake at night, the threat of a Listeria outbreak would be near the top. Listeria is the bacteria that causes listeriosis, a potentially life-threatening infection that can cause sepsis and meningitis, among other serious inflammatory conditions. Complicating matters, Listeria is hardier than many other forms of bacteria, able to grow in temperatures between 39 and 98 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Entrepreneurial farmers across the country have discovered that seasonal events — particularly Halloween — can be opportunities to earn significant extra income. Corn mazes, hayrides, bonfires, pumpkin patches, produce markets and haunted houses and barns mark the season. This profit center even has a name: agritainment.
Farming is one of the top 10 most dangerous occupations in America, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Farm-related injuries are often a result of long hours and close, consistent contact with heavy machinery and equipment.
Many of the farm tractors manufactured today are equipped with seatbelts and a completely enclosed cab, providing critical protection from the leading cause of death on farms, tractor rollovers. As a result, Rollover Protective on Structures, or ROPS, has been a standard safety feature of virtually all farm tractors for many years.
Running a farm comes with more than its fair share of challenges — weather, energy costs and price volatility all contribute to uncertainty when it comes to revenue. One thing that farmers can do to help offset some of this risk is to add other revenue streams, such as “agritainment” — turning your farm into an entertaining venue for nonfarmers to visit with their families.
The sun rises on sprawling green grass and hits a familiar patch of black and white speckled fur. It is just another morning on the farm with a long day’s work ahead.
Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) is a disease that impacts pork populations, causing severe diarrhea and dehydration. Newborn piglets exposed to the disease usually die within a few days, while older pigs face sickness and weight loss.
Last month, we highlighted 4 ways technology is driving growth on the modern farm, including solutions that track precision and efficiency levels, big data and Google glass’ impacts on process creation and management, and drone capabilities to manage and assist.
As winter weather continues to wreak havoc on cities across the nation, key industries are feeling the brunt of the effects, including agriculture. Extreme cold and abnormal temperature drops impact livestock, crops, and the families that dedicate their lives to growth and production, including delays in spring planting.
On Monday, February 17th, Westfield representatives presented at the annual Farm Truck Awareness Safety Day. The well-attended event took place at Buckeye Harvesting LLC, in Sabina, Ohio and included several local Ohio sponsors including the Ohio State University Extension.