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October 15, 2019

Put a Plan in Place to Cope With a Crisis

 |  By: Anna-Lisa Laca

On any given night in October or November, you can walk into my house to smell fresh bread in the oven and some mystery soup in the slow cooker. There’s just something about the fall. 

Maybe it’s the extra time spent in the mountains, the cool mornings or sweatshirt weather. Maybe it’s the Monday night football potlucks at grandma’s house. Maybe it’s the sigh of relief when harvest is over, knowing we made it through one more season of farming. 

This fall, like so many aspects of 2019, isn’t like any other we’ve known for a long time – if ever. Farmers across the country are pushing hard to get crops harvested and in the bin. With the threat of frost eminent at this point, farmers are pushing the limits. Not only is it stressful, it can also be dangerous

Just last week, a family lost their farmer in a silage packing accident. I cried writing about it the first time and I’m crying about it again. 

That could have been any one of our families.

I was reminded this week that life is short. Too short. Accidents happen – and in the blink of an eye, things are not as they once were. 

Are you prepared for a tragic accident to happen on your farm, or to your family? Do you have a crisis plan in place? Do all of your employees know how to call 911 and the physical address of the dairy and every field? 

This fall, I encourage you to have those hard conversations. Host a team meeting and talk about safety. We cannot wait – and we cannot waiver. Today is a gift, and tomorrow is not a promise. Also, don’t underestimate the power of warm bread and soft butter to soothe the soul.