Massey Ferguson will be present in the history of the Pereira couple forever. The brand participated in the union of Roger and Letícia Pereira in an unusual way. The wedding cake had an unique detail by the side of the traditional miniature bride and groom: a small sized replica of the MF 4275 tractor. The wedding was performed back on the 16th of July, in the State of Paraná (Brazil) and the wedding cake was baked by Sônia Ladeia.
The couple’s life is linked to the land since Roger is a farmer. The groom’s estate in Moreira Sales (Paraná) employs Massey Ferguson machines, so the couple used the miniature as a way to represent their passion for crops. This is an important event in the 50 years of manufacturing tractors in the Country and we toast to the new life of the couple.
It is not the first time the brand has had its tractor flanking the newlyweds on a wedding cake. On September 2010, Murilo Antonio de Souza Rinaldo and Milena Braga Pereira Braz Rinaldo also surprised their guests with a miniature on their cake. The Monte Mor (São Paulo) couple is a faithful Massey Ferguson customer and uses these machines in their daily lives at the fields on the State of São Paulo.
We heard from many of you before about your special additions to your weddings. Did you include a tractor or combine in your special day?
This is another great farm safety message brought to you by Farm Safety 4 Just Kids. Electricity is powerful. Agriculture relies on electricity to keep the barn lights on, to run equipment and to turn the alarm clock on every morning. Electricity is also a powerful hazard on the farm, one that demands respect.
Lack of knowledge and skill are the leading cause of incidents involving electricity. Teach children how electricity works, and what types of materials conduct electricity and which ones don’t.
Once youth are old enough, trained and qualified to drive farm equipment, teach them to lower things like augers before crossing under a power line. It’s also important to teach them to stay in the vehicle if they become entangled in an over head power line. If you’ve explained how electricity works, they’ll know touching the machinery while stepping on the ground will complete the circuit.
In addition, make sure overhead power lines are well maintained and have adequate clearance to avoid these situations.
Here are a few more electricity safety tips:
• Keep face plates on switches and outlet
• Keep electrical panels free of dust and debris
• Keep electrical panels covered to reduce shock and fire hazard
• Use properly maintained tools and equipment that is double insulated
• Do not use electrical tools around water
• Equip the shop area with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters and use 3-prong grounding plugs
• Use undamaged electrical cords and do not carry tools by their cords
• Grip the plug, not the cord, to unplug a tool
• Switch off and unplug a tool before you change parts or clean it, or if it begins to smoke or burn
• Instruct children in proper behavior around and respect of electricity
Keep everyone safe around electricity. Prevent the electricity we need so much from harming the ones we love the most.
For more information about farm safety, visit http://www.fs4jk.org/.
On the farm, it is always important to lead by example. Young children rely on guardians to supervise their activities to help develop an understanding of what dangers are and how to avoid them. Do you think that your children are old enough to fully understand potential dangers on the farm? Think again.
- Question: Most four- and five-year-old’s understand that one action leads to another, that behavior has consequences. True or false?
- Answer: False. As children grow, they go through a series of developmental stages. While physical changes are obvious, mental and emotional changes are difficult. Preschool children are developmentally unable to clearly understand cause and affect relationships. They should be supervised carefully and be provided with safe distractions. They need physical barriers, such as fences, gates and locks to keep them away from danger. No one, especially pre-school children, should be allowed to ride on machinery.
This farm safety tip is provided by the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program. Safety should be a part of every child’s curriculum. For information on how you can keep your child safe and healthy on the farm, ranch and at home, or to HELP US KEEP KIDS SAFE ON THE FARM, go to www.progressiveag.org. To view a complete list of Progressive Agriculture Safety Days taking place in 2011, visit http://coordinator.progressiveag.org/cgi-bin/MySQLdb?VIEW=/safetydays/view.txt.
AGCO is a proud sponsor of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation’s (PAF) Safety Day® program, including their website, http://www.progressiveag.org (see previous post). PAF’s mission is to provide education and training to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for children and their communities. AGCO will be posting a series of mini-quizzes from PAF filled with facts on how you and your family can stay safe on the farm.
The first mini-quiz topic is how to stay safe during thunderstorms; one of nature’s most unpredictable and violent occurrences. Knowing what to do in the event of a thunderstorm — no matter where you are — can make all the difference when every second counts. Quiz 1:
- Question: Lightening occurs only where it is raining? True or False?
Answer: False. Contrary to popular belief, lightening often strikes areas outside of heavy rain and can occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall. Many people also believe that “heat lightening” after a very hot summer day poses no threat. In reality, “heat lightening” is from a storm too far away for the thunder to be heard and it could be moving in your direction.
Most deaths due to lightening happen outdoors. Make sure all family members know what to do if caught outside during a thunderstorm. Here are some quick tips:
- In an open field: find a low spot, away from trees, fences and poles.
- If you are in the woods: take shelter under shorter trees.
- If you have no shelter: make yourself the smallest target by squatting low to the ground on the balls of your feet.
- Minimize contact with the ground and place your hands on your knees with your head between them when your skin tingles or your hair stands on end.
- If you are in a tractor or other vehicle, stay put, with your hands in your lap. Vehicles can provide better protection than lying exposed in open fields.
This farm safety tip is provided by the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program. For information on how you can keep your child safe and healthy on the farm, ranch and at home, visit www.progressiveag.org. To see a complete list of Progressive Agriculture Safety Days taking place in 2011, visit http://www.progressiveag.org/content/view/22/15/.
Have you discussed with your children what to do if there’s a thunderstorm?
It is the first day of July and we, in the US, are getting ready for a long holiday weekend (we’ll be back to our regular posting schedule on Tuesday, July 5). Where I am from, Independence Day usually involves cooking out on the grill, swimming in the pool or going out on the lake and setting off fireworks after dark. Even though you may not be celebrating American 4th of July with us in the United States this weekend, water safety is always an important topic to remember. The following blog post was submitted from Farm Safety 4 Just Kids and addresses the importance of water safety:
Water is the life blood coursing through every farm and ranch. Without it crops and livestock won’t survive. At the same time, it has the potential to put children in harm’s way. Especially in the heat of summer, considering a farm pond or watering trough may seem like a good place to cool off for kids.
According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, drowning was the second leading cause of death on farms. And living in a rural area increases the likelihood of drowning by three times when compared to urban areas.
Water safety tips on the farm:
- Supervise children at all times when near water.
- Fence youth out of ponds and lagoons, and fence them in safe play areas.
- Install self-closing, self-latching gates.
- Provide personal flotation devices where swimming is allowed.
- Create a rescue tool by attaching a flotation device to a rope or long pole, and make sure everyone knows where it’s stored.
- Install proper safety shielding on all irrigation mechanisms.
Water is needed on the farm and ranch to survive and prosper. Stay safe and healthy by using precaution when around this life-giving element.
How do you caution children of water hazards on your farm?