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La. Farm Bureau hosts grain bin safety workshops

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The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation is partnering with the Mississippi Farm Bureau to host a series of grain bin safety and rescue workshops during the month of February. 

The nightly workshops are designed for both farmers and first responders. The classroom portion will cover what farmers and workers should do when working in a grain bin, whether it's having a buddy with them or making sure the auger is turned off. The demonstration portion is geared to teach first responders how to get someone out who is trapped in grain using a special rescue tube and how to properly cut the side of a grain bin to release the grain.

In September of 2017, 45-year-old Wayne Richard of Morse died after falling into a rice bin in Acadia Parish. The Bureau says that these are the types of accidents they are hoping to avoid in the future. 

"I never want to see another headline about a farmer getting killed in a grain bin," said La. Farm Bureau Safety Director Wendell Miley, "It's easy to feel comfortable in a grain bin, since we work in and around them so much, but they're confined spaces with many hazards."

The first workshop is scheduled for Monday, February 26 at the Jennings Airport, 900 Airport Rd., Jennings, La. Volunteers are providing dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the workshop starts at 6 p.m. Call the Jeff Davis Farm Bureau at 337-824-1726 to register or go online to register.

The second workshop will be held Tuesday, February 27 in Vermilion Parish at Allen and Eric McLain's farm, 114624 Hwy. 694, Abbeville, La. Again, dinner is at 5:30 p.m. and the workshop starts at 6 p.m. Call the Vermilion Parish Farm Bureau at 337-893-2155 to register or register online. 

The final grain bin safety workshop is set for Wednesday, February 28 at Charles and Denise Cannatella's farm, 13803 Hwy. 105, Melville, La. Call the St. Landry Parish Farm Bureau at 337-948-8259 to register or register online here.

Space is limited at each event, so organizers suggest you register early. 

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