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September 09, 2020 | WCCO
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New Program Looks to Limit Grain Accidents

Minnesota program would reimburse farmers who make safety upgrades to grain bins or silos

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As harvest season approaches, Minnesota's Department of Agriculture is hoping farmers take advantage of a new program to stay safe, reports WCCO.

Last year, 18-year-old Landon Gran died inside a farm accident. Since then his mom Michele has been advocating for more safety measures on Minnesota farms.

Patrice Bailey is an assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. He said lawmakers listened to Michele’s family and others last spring and created a program that would reimburse farmers who make safety upgrades to grain bins or silos.

The program reimburses farmers up to 75% of the cost to buy and install safety equipment. That includes equipment that can prevent falls, dust collection systems that help with air quality, and technology that a farmer can wear to prevent auger accidents.

“Since we launched it last Tuesday we’ve had 25 people send in applications so far,” Bailey told WCCO.

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