Welcome to the ACRE

The Agronomy Center for Research and Education, ACRE, is an outdoor laboratory for Purdue Agriculture. Used for field research and hands-on teaching, the 1,135 acre farm is a busy place with faculty, staff, student, and visitor activity. I am Jim Beaty. I have been Superintendent of the ACRE since 1986. With my four full time staff members, part time help, and student employees we are responsible for operating the research farm. About 53 university researchers conduct projects here at the ACRE. I plan to write about our research, visitors, and farm safety thoughts.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

ACRE Safety Thought #24

Encounters with nature are really part of ACRE’s mission. But when one unexpectedly meets up with a skunk, fox, coyote, fawn, or many other wildlife possibilities in fields, plots, or barns at ACRE the results may not be what we want. The hazard to humans could include a sudden scare, an animal bite, or a mauling. The situation is more threatening when a mother animal and off spring are involved. Be especially careful in these situations and always leave the little ones alone. Animal transmitted diseases are also a possible hazard. First remember we share the landscape with these animals and we should expect to see them. Stay calm and back off to avoid a confrontation. In most situations the animal will want to avoid you too. Decide how you are going to proceed with your work and if the animal leaves the area. We can get advice or help on individual situations from Purdue’s Animal Control group. Remember to think, plan, train, and work safely at ACRE. Jim

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