Telling the Story

We're creating injury prevention messages that highlight personal stories and first-hand experiences. Who are the storytellers?  Farmers, agricultural workers, and family and community members who’ve been impacted by injuries, fatalities, or close calls. Told in their own words, their experiences provide valuable information to learn what went wrong and how to prevent or avoid similar incidents. Read Story

Crag with his family


Just one day earlier, Craig and Valerie had discussed his plan to vacuum 500 bushels of corn out of a neighbor’s grain bin since the bin auger wasn’t working. The intention was to vacuum out the grain and load it onto a truck to make room for the next year’s harvest. “When I heard those sirens, my thought was I hoped I had turned our coffee pot off,” Valerie said. “I never imagined emergency responders were racing to help Craig.” Read Story


"I'd heard stories in the military about landmine victims still feeling like they had limbs... so I resolved to feel my way down my leg to determine how badly I was hurt." Brad Guse looks back, explaining how he ended up with his foot and leg caught in an operating silage blower, a fateful incident that primed his advocacy for farm safety. Read Story


“How did you ever survive this?” was the question David Endorf’s neighbors asked when they saw where he was pinned under an ATV in a steep ditch. Endorf explains what got him into – and out of – a “heck of a predicament.” His advice comes from a thoughtful look-back at that day. Read Story


A bolting bovine and broken bones. Susan Littlefield tells her story about her son’s advice and an injury that was more serious than she realized, yet could have been much, much worse. Read Story