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Published September 21, 2010, 09:18 AM

Farmers urged to be smart, be safe during harvest

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is telling farmers to be smart and be safe as they gear up for the fall harvest.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is telling farmers to be smart and be safe as they gear up for the fall harvest.

In observance of National Farm Safety and Health Week, which starts Sunday, the department says it’s working to ensure all Minnesotans are safe, whether harvesting fields or encountering farm equipment on roadways.

According to federal and state statistics, farming is one of the most dangerous professions.

State data show that 18 of the 60 work-related deaths in Minnesota last year were in the agriculture industry. Crashes involving tractors or other farm equipment resulted in 29 injuries and three deaths.

Safety tips will be available on the department’s website.

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