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Access to Animal Medications:  Plan Ahead for Changes Coming this Summer

By Edward J Sheldon / January 13, 2023 / 0 Comments

By Debbie Boyd, DVM; Indiana State Board of Animal Health Changes are coming to the way certain antibiotics will be available to animal owners by June 11, 2023.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been taking steps to improve the judicious use of antibiotics in humans and animals.  For animal owners, the next…

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Tractors require extra caution in winter

By Edward J Sheldon / December 20, 2022 / 0 Comments

SOURCE: This article was written by Angie Johnson, farm and ranch safety coordinator for North Dakota State University Extension. In addition to her Extension duties, Angie is a cattle and sheep farmer who fully understands the challenges of agricultural work in cold conditions. We thank Angie and NDSU for allowing us to share this great…

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Winter Heating Season is Here, But It’s Not Too Late to Prepare

By Edward J Sheldon / December 16, 2022 / 0 Comments

Source: Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor High energy prices and resulting heating bills will challenge many Indiana families this winter. With bitterly cold temperatures in the forecast for the holiday season, check out these tips to assist with high heating bills provided by the Indiana Office of the Utility Consumer Counselor. If you, a…

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Reducing Heat Loss in Your Home

By Edward J Sheldon / November 14, 2022 / 0 Comments

Heating is one of the biggest utility expenses faced by homeowners (or renters).  Fortunately, there are many steps that can help to reduce heating costs, and make your home more comfortable during the cold months of the year.  While a few of these recommndations are expensive and perhaps not feasible in some cases, many are…

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Proper Maintenance Is Crucial to Prevent Combine Fires

By Edward J Sheldon / October 11, 2022 / 0 Comments

Combine fires cost farmers millions of dollars in damages every harvest. As harvest continues, be proactive and prevent or reduce the chance of combine fires before they happen!! Farmers should regularly inspect their combines’ machinery, fuel lines and electrical systems during harvest season to prevent fires, a Purdue Extension safety specialist says. Harvest season brings a unique…

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Indiana Farm Fatality Report Released for National Farm Safety & Health Week

By Edward J Sheldon / September 15, 2022 / 0 Comments

Fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agricultural industry.  For this reason, September 18-24, 2022 is being recognized as National Farm Safety & Health Week, which has been observed the third week of September since 1944, when President Roosevelt proclaimed the first event.  The…

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Portable Generators are Great Tools, but Use them Safely!

By Edward J Sheldon / February 1, 2022 / 0 Comments

Most of Indiana is targeted for some possibly brutal winter weather over the next few days. Possible freezing rain, followed by heavy snow and winds, makes power outages likely across the state. If that happens, many of us will rely on portable generators to run important appliances and keep our homes warm until power is…

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Preparing Foods During a Power Failure

By Edward J Sheldon / February 1, 2022 / 0 Comments

During a power failure, cooking and eating habits must change to fit the situation. You may have no heat, no refrigeration, and limited safe drinking water. In addition, health risks from contaminated or spoiled food may increase. When preparing food during a power outage: Conserve fuel Consider the amount of cooking time needed for particular…

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Protecting Livestock During Winter Storms

By Edward J Sheldon / February 1, 2022 / 0 Comments

Large numbers of livestock may be killed in winter storms. Wind coupled with severe or prolonged cold weather causes additional stress on livestock, increasing their need for food, water, and shelter. Pre-planning for winter storms by addressing these issues can help protect your livestock during severe winter weather. Provide Shelter Move stock, especially the young,…

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Protect Your Plumbing and Appliances during a Winter Power Failure

By Edward J Sheldon / February 1, 2022 / 0 Comments

Indiana winters always present the possibility of ice storms, heavy snow, and windy conditions that can cause power outages. Not only are power outages uncomfortable for people, our home’s plumbing and appliances can be severely damaged by freezing temperatures resulting from the loss of heating. During a power failure or other heating emergency, protect exposed…

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