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Montana State Fund Workers Compensation Discount

Members of MGGA may be eligible to receive a discount on their State Fund Workers’ Compensation Insurance premium through the Montana Ag Safety program.

The goal of the Montana Ag Safety program is to promote a culture of safety on the farm and ranch. It’s a win-win situation in that members of MGGA can realize a 4% discount on their premium and, at the same time, injury and claim rates come down for the group, resulting in possible individual rate reductions.

Any member wanting to join the Montana State Fund Ag Group (MSFAG) must mail in a completed Enrollment Form and then attend a safety seminar within each contract year.

Members who are currently participating in the MSFAG must attend an association sponsored safety seminar sometime during the year of their policy. If insured members would like their policy renewal date closer to MGGA’s annual meeting time, for the convenience of remembering to renew each year, call the Montana State Fund office at
1-800-332-6102 to request a simple change in your renewal date.

For more information visit the Montana Ag Safety web site. To schedule a safety seminar contact Les Graham at ldgraham@outlook.com.

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US Ag Centers Offer Safety Videos on new YouTube channel.

The best agricultural safety videos are one click away on the new YouTube channel, “U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers,” www.youtube.com/USagCenters. The channel is a joint project of the 10 Agricultural Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Extension agents/educators, agricultural science teachers, producers/owner/operators, first responders and agricultural families would all find value in the videos, says project leader Amanda Wickman, Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education (Texas). Videos can be used during job orientation, safety/health education, 4-H meetings, high school or college classes. One benefit of YouTube is that videos can be accessed from a mobile device to conduct tailgate trainings in the field.

“The channel is an inexpensive way to reach millions of people with safety and health information,” said project administrator Allison DeVries, High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (Colorado).

DeVries said that the Centers also hope to get valuable feedback on their videos through the YouTube comments. “Anyone can quickly establish an account and post a comment,” DeVries said.

“NIOSH established the Centers to protect the safety and health of more than 5.5 million full- and part-time contract and seasonal workers in agriculture, forestry, and fishing, as well as farm family members,” said Wickman. “Many Centers have created videos for this purpose, and we’re trying to enhance dissemination to people who can benefit most from them.”

The channel launched on Nov. 1. Each video has been produced and reviewed by content experts. Viewers are encouraged to check the site regularly for new additions. It is expected that nearly 60 videos will be on the site by the end of the year, said project technical administrator Aaron Yoder, Central States Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (Nebraska).

Topics include: respiratory protection, livestock safety, tractor and machinery safety, child development, emergency response, grain safety, pesticide safety, heat illness prevention, ladder safety and hearing protection.