A new program from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture will reimburse farmers and schools up to 70 percent of the cost of purchasing, shipping and installing tractor rollover protection kits.
The program can help cover costs up to $500 of installing a seat belt and roll bar. It also provides assistance in helping farmers identify and price the appropriate rollover kits for their tractors.
Why is this good news for Minnesota farmers? Because farming can be dangerous. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, tractor rollovers are the leading cause of farmer deaths.
Minnesota’s is one of seven in the nation and will be administered by the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health. The organization says that roll bars and seat belts are 99 percent effective in preventing death and serious injury when tractor rolloevers occur.
Farmers and schools can call toll-free 877-767-7748 for more information or to register for a rollover kit.