It's official. The president has proclaimed Sept. 15 through Sept. 21 to be National Farm Safety and Health Week.
In the words of the proclamation issued by the White House Friday, President Obama said that "For many agricultural workers, the risk of injury and illness is a daily reality." The proclamation goes on to mention specific risks, including entering grain storage bins, handling livestock and chemicals, and transporting large machinery.
In the proclamation, the president asks communities to remember agricultural workers' needs in setting up health facilities and emergency response programs.
Again, quoting from the proclamation, "As the fall harvest season begins, we pay tribute to the generations of Americans who have devoted themselves to supplying the basic materials that make our country work."
National Farm Safety and Health Week is through Saturday, Sept. 21.