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Groups Partner to Improve Silage Safety

Lallemand Animal Nutrition and the Progressive Agriculture Foundation are teaming up to offer silage safety education for up to 100,000 children and adult volunteers through Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® ─ held in rural communities across North America in 2018.

“Safety Days are a great opportunity for kids to receive age-appropriate, hands-on safety education while having a lot of fun. We are happy to contribute our expertise in silage safety to the program,” says Bob Charley, Forage Products Manager, Lallemand Animal Nutrition, North America. “There is nothing more important than protecting our children. Learning the basics of on-farm safety today will undoubtedly benefit future generations of farmers and ranchers.”

With Lallemand Animal Nutrition’s support, a silage safety lesson is now available for use at all Progressive Agriculture Safety Days. The lesson helps participants learn about:

  • The dangers of silo gases.
  • Safety precautions to practice around silage.
  • How quickly a silage avalanche can occur.
  • The difference between safe and unsafe practices around silage.

Silage safety is just one of the 30 Safety Day lessons available, which are designed for children from 8 to 13 years old. At a Safety Day, participants are divided into small groups that rotate between lessons on everything from first aid to fire safety. To facilitate learning and reinforce key objectives, hands-on activities and demonstrations are part of each lesson.

Lallemand Animal Nutrition will also provide silage safety resources to assist in demonstrations.

Livestock producers of any age can request a free copy of the Silage Safety Handbook at http://qualitysilage.com/register or watch the Basics of Silage Safety Video The handbook and video are available in English and Spanish and include practical tips for safely building, managing and feeding out silage. This edition is updated to include the latest industry information and is authored by leading silage safety experts.

“We are happy to partner with Lallemand Animal Nutrition to provide this important lesson for Safety Days participants,” says Brian Kuhl, interim chief executive officer of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation. “It’s an unfortunate reality that every three days a child dies in an agricultural-related incident and every day 33 children are injured due to agricultural-related incidents. Most farms are safe places, but these incidents can happen anywhere. A child’s curiosity mixed with access to large equipment, animals and chemicals can open the door to potential hazards. With Lallemand Animal Nutrition’s support, we are able to broaden our range of education to include silage structures.”

Additional safety information, as well as details about hosting, donating to, volunteering at and attending a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day are available at progressiveag.org.


Lallemand Animal Nutrition is committed to optimizing animal performance and well-being with specific natural microbial product and service solutions. Using sound science, proven results and knowledge, Lallemand Animal Nutrition develops, produces and markets high value yeast and bacteria products ─ including probiotics, silage inoculants and yeast derivatives. Lallemand offers a higher level of expertise, leadership and industry commitment with long-term and profitable solutions to move our partners Forward. Lallemand Animal Nutrition is Specific for your success. For more information, please visit www.lallemandanimalnutrition.com.


The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program, the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America, is a program of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation (PAF), a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. The foundation’s mission is to provide education, training and resources to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for children and their communities. In 2008, PAF was awarded the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance National Charity Seal, demonstrating its commitment to accountability and ethical practices. PAF has a 3-star rating with Charity Navigator and a Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar. Safety Day applications are due each July 15 for Safety Days that will be conducted the following calendar year. For more information about the Progressive Agriculture Foundation, please visit progressiveag.org.

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