Wednesday, April 8, 2020

U of A Division of Agriculture releases 3-minute videos explaining on-farm COVID-19 safety measures

By Ryan McGeeney
U of A System Division of Agriculture

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LITTLE ROCK — While many businesses have closed or moved employee interactions online, much of the world depends on farmers remaining on the job — and in the field. 
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has released two videos explaining practical, common-sense safety precautions for anyone working in an agricultural production environment. One video is in English, the other in Spanish.
The precautions are specifically aimed at helping farmers protect themselves and their coworkers from COVID-19, and to slow the spread of the virus.
The English language video features Jarrod Hardke, rice agronomist for the Division of Agriculture; the Spanish language version features Eduardo Castaneda, a program associate with the Division of Agriculture’s Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart, Ark.
Each video explains the importance of social distancing during tailgate meetings, sanitizing equipment before and after use and other safety behaviors in about three minutes.
The English version, “Staying Safe on the Farm through COVID-19,” can be viewed at

The Spanish version, “Mantenerse Seguro en la Granja a Través de COVID-19,” can be viewed atñol.

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About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system. 

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.  

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.