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.

Monday, March 28, 2011

ACRE Safety Thought #61

I want to remind people about safety planning. (from #14) Researchers need to think about and prepare a “Project Specific Safety Plan” for your work at the ACRE. Do you have special hazards that should be addressed? Like tractor operation, moving PTO shafts, powered moving belts or pulleys, pinch points to avoid, stationary threshers, driving on the farm and to and from campus, etc. When packaging seed do you treat seed with a fungicide? Please identify hazards and train your people to work safely. A simple outline of your “Project Specific” safety points is an important start. If you use your word processing program even digital pictures can be added to the outline to help identify the hazards. Congratulations to people like Andy Linvill, Kiersten Wise, and Charles Woloshuk, who have initiated their own “Project Specific” safety programs. So think, plan, train, and work safely at ACRE. Jim

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