Hello, and Greetings from Southern Illinois

October 10, 2019

By Kendall Browning
District 17
Young Leader Committee Member

What a crazy year it’s been so far. We’ve gone from rain flowing out our ears to ground as dry as dust. That being said, this is nothing new - we’re all pretty used to the mood swings of mother nature. Nonetheless, it’s time to put all of that behind us and focus on harvest. With most of us running at least a little behind, I’d really like to call attention to one word.


Please take the time to consciously focus on every task set before you. Make sure that you are not only working efficiently but are also being safe. When pressed for time, it’s easy to be tempted to take short cuts. Remember, no time crunch is ever worth risking your health and safety. As difficult as it can be, safety should be number one on your mind.

Your county Farm Bureau is a wonderful resource for safety information. Many county offices host classes and gather materials that can help educate their members on the most recent safety standards. There are even tools for teaching safety to those who haven’t been on or around farms - the Start Seeing Farmers campaign warns drivers to focus more closely on the road when driving in an agricultural area. Please take advantage of these programs and take part in putting them on.

We’re all family here in the agriculture community and the Illinois Farm Bureau. As a family, we don’t want to see anything happen to one another. So, let’s all try our hardest to have a safe and productive harvest.