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Emergency Preparedness for Rural Families

By Edward J Sheldon / January 2, 2024 / 0 Comments

Extension to host multistate emergency preparedness workshop for rural families An upcoming four-part extension workshop for women in agriculture will focus on emergency preparedness for rural families. The program will be a 4-part series, held at numerous locations across Nebraska and Indiana. The series will focus on farm and ranch emergency management, first aid, fire…

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Proper Maintenance Is Crucial to Prevent Combine Fires

By Edward J Sheldon / October 1, 2023 / 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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Be Aware of Indiana Fireworks Laws this July 4th

By Edward J Sheldon / June 28, 2023 / 0 Comments

Source: Indiana Department of Homeland Security Respect Others and the Law Although many Hoosiers find fireworks entertaining, they can be overwhelming for many people, pets and wild animals. Remember to be considerate of individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other types of medical conditions. The loud, unexpected sounds caused by fireworks may trigger their symptoms. Late-night…

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Have a great (and safe) Independence Day!

By Edward J Sheldon / June 28, 2023 / 0 Comments

Don’t make a trip to the emergency room the “highlight” of your 4th of July – celebrate safely this Independence Day weekend! Check out the fireworks safety tips below from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the National Fire Protection Association. Also, please be aware that recent dry weather across much of the state will increase the…

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Preparing for Floods and Flash Floods

By Edward J Sheldon / March 31, 2023 / 0 Comments

Some simple advance preparation will help you be ready for possible floods in your area. Fire hazards During a flood, fire danger is increased. In addition. fire departments may be unable to get to fires through high water. Watch for these fire hazards on your property: Before floodwaters crest, turn off the main power switch…

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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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State Officials Urge Precautions Against Mosquitoes Due to Detection of Rare Virus

By Edward J Sheldon / October 6, 2022 / 0 Comments

Source: Indiana State board of Animal Health (6 October 2022) State public health and animal health officials are urging northern Indiana residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites and to monitor their horses for illness in response to the detection of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus activity in multiple northern Indiana counties. “EEE (‘triple E’)…

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