Husker Harvest Days to use film 'SILO' to educate on farm safety

September 06, 2019

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In an effort to raise awareness about farm safety using a combination of cinema and education, the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is partnering with the Grain Handling Safety Coalition (GHSC), Sukup Manufacturing Company and the feature film "SILO" at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island on Sept. 10-12.
 
The hospitality tent will host exhibits from CS-CASH, GHSC and SILO. Visitors can participate in hands-on activities and learn safety and health tips. SILO, a film dealing with grain entrapment, will show an exclusive movie trailer and provide information to visitors on how they can host a SILO film screening in their community.
 
"The movie SILO provides a fresh approach to engaging audiences to talk about farm safety," said Ellen Duysen, community outreach specialist for CS-CASH.
 
"Collaborating with CS-CASH, Sukup Manufacturing Company, and the SILO production team is an opportunity to send a consistent message about the importance of using safe work practices," said GHSC co-founder Catherine Rylatt. 
 
In collaboration with Sukup Manufacturing Company, several free safety training sessions also will be available. On Tuesday, Sept. 10, and Wednesday, Sept. 11, half-hour sessions will be presented at the Sukup exhibit at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
 
In addition, a session on preventing grain bin entry hazards will be presented on Thursday, Sept. 12, in the hospitality tent at 1 p.m. Participants will receive free safety gear as well as a chance to win larger safety-related prizes.
 
"We all have the same goal - to keep farmers, their workers, and their families safe," said John Hanig, bin sales director for Sukup Manufacturing. "Working together increases our ability to achieve this." 
 
A free screening of SILO will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Sukup Manufacturing exhibit.
 
"SILO is proud to partner with these organizations," said Sam Goldberg, SILO producer. "They work daily to assist farmers and save lives. We believe our film supports these efforts by offering a new avenue to generate conversation and awareness."
 
For more information, free resources or to schedule training, visit grainsafety.org
 
About the collaborators
 
The Grain Handling Safety Coalition is a volunteer organization of representatives from across the grain handling industry and is sponsored by the University of Illinois. The GHSC has conducted more than 12,300 hours of training in 23 states and has brought safety awareness to thousands more.
 
CS-CASH works to improve the health and safety of members of the agricultural community through research, intervention, education and outreach activities. For more information, visit https://www.unmc.edu/publichealth/cscash/.
 
Sukup Manufacturing Company (www.sukup.com) is the world’s fastest growing and largest family-owned full-line grain drying and storage equipment manufacturer making grain production more efficient for farmers.
 
We are Nebraska Medicine and UNMC. Our mission is to lead the world in transforming lives to create a healthy future for all individuals and communities through premier educational programs, innovative research and extraordinary patient care.
 
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