New technology from drones to tractor rollover detection are aimed at keeping farmers out of dangerous situations. Drones, modified from their current military use, could be flying soon over Iowa corn fields, allowing farmers to check on growth from comfort and safety.
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Chris Petersen, of Clear Lake, Iowa, has farmed and raised hogs for years. As a board member of the Iowa Farmers' Union and Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, I-CASH, he has worked to raise awareness of farm safety issues. He also helps bring a farmer's perspective to developers of agricultural safety equipment. “You know the simple of it is, I guess, farmers at a certain time of the year have one-track minds. And it's getting that crop in and getting that crop out. Continue Reading →
Grain bins, a common sight for anyone traveling through Iowa and other corn belt states, are a source of concern for agriculture safety specialists. Lack of research means specialists are unable to provide consistent advice to farmers about working in the storage bins.
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Video report: Farm safety expert in Iowa hopes to reach more farmers by traveling to fields and events with a large trailer packed with safety equipment. The trailer will give farmers a chance to see the equipment for themselves and learn best practices. Continue Reading →
Limited Occupational Safety and Health Administration enforcement and coverage favors large farms, leaving the rest on an honors system in which dangerous farm practices fly under the radar until a serious, and often fatal, injury occurs. Continue Reading →
There have been more than 900 grain-bin entrapments throughout the country since 1964, according to data compiled by Purdue University’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program. More than half of those incidents were fatal. Continue Reading →
OSHA’s federal guidelines prohibit it from enforcing regulations through inspections on both family farms and farms that employ fewer than 10 workers. Consequently, many places left vulnerable to grain-bin accidents are neglected. Continue Reading →
For five weeks IowaWatch and partner newspapers reported on how and why a gap in home ownership, jobs and pay, education and crime exist among white, black and Latino Iowans. Here is your portal to the entire report. Continue Reading →
Home ownership is taken for granted as the default standard of living for many Iowans. But black and Latino homeownership rates have dropped since 1960, an analysis of census data shows. The reasons are explored in the conclusion of the series, "Iowa's Opportunity Gap," an IowaWatch collaboration with four Iowa newspapers and I-News. Continue Reading →
Only 10 percent of Latino Iowans graduated college in 2010 compared to 16 percent of black and 25 percent of white Iowans, all below the national averages. Perhaps more alarming because how important a high school diploma is, a gap in high school graduation rates for white, black and Latino Iowans continues to persist. Continue Reading →