Workers face increased health risks as temperatures rise
When the sun is scorching on a hot day, many of us move inside to get out of the heat. But if your job requires you to work outside, you don't always have that option – leaving you at risk of heat exhaustion and, in more severe cases, heatstroke.
It's important to understand the risk of these heat-related ailments, as well as how to stay cool throughout your workday.Read More →
Weather woes: Protect yourself before the storm hits
Many homeowners, especially new homeowners, don't give a lot of thought to their insurance coverage until the wind picks up. Spend a few minutes reviewing these common causes of damage and how you can protect your home from Mother Nature's worst.Read More →
7 days to digital detox
Did you know that the average American checks his or her phone 80 times a day? We're using them while we're shopping, eating, watching TV, and yes, driving. We're even using our phones while talking to family and friends.
Put down the device and become more mindful of the people and experiences around you. Here's a one-week digital detox to help you dial back your phone attachment.Read More →
Kids on the farm: Age appropriate farm safety tips
Farms are a rare combination of workplace and home. Because kids grow up "at home" on the farm, we may not think to give them the same kind of safety training we expect in a workplace.
It's not uncommon for a construction or landscaping company, for example, to hold weekly tailgate talks reminding employees of job site hazards and the steps they can take to stay safe.
Try the same tactics with kids on the farm.Read More →
Know the 7 rules of the road for bicyclists
Biking to work, for exercise, or just to enjoy the beautiful weather is a great spring and summer activity. Did you know though, that no matter where you ride, your bike is considered a vehicle? Because bikes share the road with motorists, it's important to be aware of your surroundings at all times.
In general, follow these seven guidelines any time you're biking to stay safe on the road.Read More →
Delayed flights and lost luggage often headline the list of concerns for travelers, but they are minor inconveniences compared to severe illness, missing prescriptions, or serious injury away from home.
The time to prepare for sickness is before germs hit your team. Illnesses can happen anytime, but flu season generally peaks between December and February, although it can stretch from October through May. Consider how you canprevent an outbreak and how you can respond quickly to limit the impact and costs to your business.
When Jenny VanDeHei left for college to study business, she thought she had picked her last stone and fed her last calf. She loved the family farm she grew up on, but she saw her future as an accountant, in an office building in the city, far from the country fresh smell of cow manure.
When you’re born into a farm family, on the job training begins the moment you can walk. You learn quickly where it’s safe to play, not to startle the animals, and that there’s always a way you can help – no matter your age. Curt Weis, Manager – Farm and Agribusiness Training, can attest to this because he earned his keep by working on his family’s farm right up until he left for college.
Patti Lemke, Sr. Agribusiness Underwriter, spent her entire young life living and working on a farm. Her parents owned and operated a small farm in Eden, Wis. that milked 65 cows in a stanchion barn, and she worked on a large dairy farm that milked 700 head from the time she was 14 until she left for college.