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.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

ACRE Safety Thought #46

With the leaves off the trees along the lane it seems that traffic using the lane and driving around the building area has picked up speed. The speed limit around the ACRE building area has always been 15 miles per hour. The lane is not wide and it is tree lined, thus reducing the usual margin for error. Many ACRE buildings are close to a roadway or drive. Hazards include people walking, equipment moving in or out of a building, and other vehicles. I don’t want anyone or anything hit, injured, or damaged. The ACRE Advisory Committee reaffirmed the 15 MPH speed limit along the entrance lane and around the building area during a recent meeting. Please stress driving safety. Think, plan, and work safely at the ACRE. Jim

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