A 20-hour “Gearing Up For Safety” class is entering its sixth year, training farm workers about machinery operation and injury prevention. Aimed at farm workers from 13 years of age to adults, the class provides instruction for safe operation in a classroom setting; and actual hands-on proficiency training behind the wheel of a tractor, pulling a trailer and even backing up machinery properly. Spanish-speaking participants are provided translation through earphones so they are included in every aspect of the class.
Approximately 40 agricultural producers from seven western Washington counties got hands-on manure nutrient training during “Discovery Soils Field Days” during April and May 2016. Events were conducted on-site at three dairy farms, where experts from Washington State University and Conservation Districts described different soil types.
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