Social Post 9 15 2020CHAMPAIGN - To highlight farm and ranch safety awareness, Senate Agriculture Chairman Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is promoting the 2020 National Farm and Safety Week, taking place Sept. 20-26.

“Farmers face a variety of risks in their work and Farm Safety Week serves as an important reminder to take safety precautions when working on a farm, especially during harvest season,” Bennett said. “Whether you are on the farm or on the road, please take that extra step to protect yourself and those around you.”

In light of the pandemic, this year’s National Farm Safety Week is honoring farmers facing tough times head on by using the theme "Every Farmer Counts."

According to the National Education Center for Farm Safety, the will acknowledge, celebrate and uplift farmers and ranchers who have encountered many challenges throughout the pandemic, yet continue to work hard to provide the food, fiber and fuel that we need.

A variety of online webinars will be available throughout the week that shed light on several farm-related topics, including mental health. Bennett is drawing attention to not only the physical risks of farming this week, but the mental health needs for farmers as well.

To raise awareness about the mental health resources available for farmers, Bennett spearheaded the Farm Family Resource Initiative and successfully secured state funding for the initiative in the last two legislative sessions.

The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Center for Rural Health and Social Services Development is overseeing the initiative and intends to launch a hotline to assist with farmer and farm-related issues in the coming weeks.

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