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ISSUE DATE: 07/15/2013

Quick Response codes help first responders

By Larry Dreiling

Imagine your farm shop on fire.

The shop is loaded with chemicals, solvents, fuels, electric sources and perhaps a gas shut-off valve.

It’s not just a raging inferno, it’s a hazardous materials handling team’s worst nightmare.

How to tackle this beast?

The scenario is not too far-fetched.

Imagine a dairyman thinking about all the things on his farm that could kill you.

The list includes 1,000 gallons of diesel, 500 gallons of gas, cleaning chemicals in the milking parlor, oil and lubricant for repair work and a 6-foot-deep manure pond in which you could drown.

Oh, and add three bulls to the list.

Where should a rural firefighter begin to save lives and property?

Imagine a loved one suffering from a heart attack at your farmstead.

Perhaps the farmstead is actually one of three homes where you and the families of two younger family members are living nearby.

The houses are near identical matches and the description of the home to dispatchers has been frantic. Which house should local EMS enter to get quick care to someone whose heart is in arrest?

These could be nightmare scenarios for many emergency responders. Fortunately, it appears that a new form of help is on the way.


NEWS

Avoiding inflation's haircut
Bulletin warns of static electricity risks during refueling
GOP drops nutrition programs from farm bill
House GOP failing to divide farm bill
KFU tour of Kansas City to provide inside look at agriculture
Lack of farm bill affects farmers, ag industry, consumers
Moran accepting applications for internships
Quick Response codes to help first responders
Red Cross issues emergency call for blood and platelet donors
USDA announces application timeframe for Housing Preservation Grants
USDA chief of staff named to deputy post
USDA seeks applications for grants to improve quality of rural housing

CROPS

Agronomy specialist finds Fusarium in area fields
Arkansas farmers face flattened crops, floods, longer planting delays
Assessing nematodes in corn
Colorado Farm to School Task Force seeks applicants
Conservation Stewardship Program applications due June 14
Cotton possesses advantages over other summer crops
Downy mildew samples needed
Drought and insects take toll on cotton acreage
Farmland average values up 20 percent
Field Day to include tree planting, riparian area management
Food safety workshop scheduled in Red Rock
FSA county committee nominations sought
Furnas County Fair in set July 15-20
Golf carts approved transportation at 3i Show
Herbicide-resistance strategies focus of July 11 Pest Day
High Plains Journal marketing director named to KARL Class XII
Hoffman Harvesting moves to new location to wait for harvest
Kerry Kuhn Horsemanship at 3i Show
K-State Research and Extension offers family, gardening and agriculture events
Management options for corn rootworm
Mark your calendars for MU field days
Miseners are harvesting in Texas
NAP coverage will be available for 2014 crops annually planted for livestock feed, fodder
National Cotton Council stresses importance of effective STAX
Nebraska Soybean Board ballots due July 31
Nebraska Wheat Board to have annual budget meeting
NRCS announces drought recovery initiative in Kansas
Oklahoma-Kansas canola conferences scheduled
Osowski crew finishes in Lyons, Kan., and moves to new area
Powell Extension hosts field day July 19
Registration set for soybean marketing and production event
Registrations due for tractor safety course
Roland Harvesting stays busy in Kansas
Sheridan Research and Extension Center Field Day features producer, homeowner sessions
Southwest Missouri field scouting report for June 26 issued
Soy organizations demonstrate commitment to sustainability with assurance protocol
Trouble could be on the horizon for Oklahoma fruit growers
U.S. Wheat Associates meet in Rapid City for Summer Board Meeting
UNL wheat program, tour set for June 11
USDA reports' estimates for corn surprising
Watch for early season soybean diseases
Water quality video showcases corn farmers' efforts to conserve, grow
Z Crew makes it to Garden City, Kan.

LIVESTOCK

54 youth participate in livestock contest, clinic
Animal disease traceability forum set for Aug. 6-7
Beef exports up in volume, value
Cattlemen's Ball draws thousands
Cattlewomen host Nebraska Beef Ambassador contest
Center for Food Animal Wellbeing to host symposium
Colorado has 2 positive bovine trichomoniasis locations
Extension Service offers small flock biosecurity seminars
Extension Service offers small flock biosecurity seminars
Feeders and Friends benefit to help family with medical expenses
ISU, Heifer International to partner to end world hunger
Kansas man accused in theft of cattle panels
Kansas trichomoniasis regulation open for public comment
K-State Beef Conference set for Aug. 6
Lead poisoning in livestock costly but preventable
Low-stress cattle handling demos scheduled
MCA supports DOT decision to modify rules for livestock hauling
MCA's 10th annual cattlemen's steak fry deemed a success
NCTA Vet Tech program nears 40th year
NMSU hosts Half Day of College program at Corona research center
Oklahoma Cattlemen to hold convention, trade show
Padlock Ranch site of July 9 Environmental Stewardship Tour
Proposed western Nebraska beef plant criticized
Rabies-positive bull diagnosed in Weld County
The upside of inflammation: Kansas State University study finds surprising benefits

EDITOR

Divide and conquer, or divided we fall?
It isn't rocket science
No such thing as a free lunch
Our turn

COLUMNS

'Better' grass is a matter of perspective
Butt out
Firm releases micronutrient package
Horse supplement can help control flies
The 'Ditch Theory' of government revisited
The things we ask guys to do
TTIP: Can the U.S. and EU see 'eye to eye' on trade pact?

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Corn crop progressing arkansas
Crop conditions improve with warm weather, showers missouri
Crop development helped by warm, dry weather minnesota
Dodge City livestock auction report
Dry conditions, warm temps prevail wyoming
Dry weather pushes corn crop development south dakota
Grain market close
Harvest winding down oklahoma
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains direct slaughter cattle sales report
Hotter, drier weather in most of state montana
Market slowed by holiday break
McAlester livestock auction report
Mixed precip, above normal temps cover state wyoming
Most commodities see gains
Planting nearing completion missouri
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Rainfall sparse across state texas
Row crop development boosted by weather nebraska
Scattered showers across state recorded new mexico
Some areas get rains, others remain dry colorado
Springfield livestock sales report
Springfield livestock sales report
Texas direct feeder cattle summary
Tulsa livestock auction report
Weather helps crops progress iowa
Weather helps range conditions improve montana
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Wheat harvest moving north Kansas
Winter wheat development ahead of average montana

RANGE

Arkansas Forage Management Conference set for Aug. 13 at Hope
Cheatgrass tour planned in Wyoming
Iowa Learning Farms to host pasture walk near Leon
Pasture and hay conditions key to beef herd recovery

FAMILY

4-H showdown offers fun, competition
Annual tradition returns to Phillipsburg in August
Aug. 31 deadline for columnist contest approaching
Control weeds in the garden
Dress up dessert
Extension offers photography workshop to youth
Follow tips when shopping for plants
Garden tips for July
Gastonia's gathering spaces at core of plan
Helpful household tips
Meditation
NMSU's Extension Service will bring Plant Clinics to farmers markets
OSU Extension offers fall gardening seminars
Plan would benefit the lesser prairie chicken
Summer squash easy to cook, high in nutrition

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