Kings and Tulare County Farm Bureaus, University of California Cooperative Extension and State Compensation Insurance Fund will host their annual Cotton Harvest Safety event on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Mid Valley Cotton Gin, in Waukena. The free seminar begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. and concludes with a complimentary lunch at noon.

The annual safety program is directed to cotton harvest equipment operators, crews, ginners and farm employees in conjunction with farm managers/supervisors and growers. In addition, general on–farm safety information, first response medical training, heat stress prevention, road safety, and general workplace safety information will be provided. All segments will be conducted in both English and Spanish.

This is an excellent opportunity to prepare employees for a safe harvest season. Informational handouts and certificates of participation will be provided to document safety and health training.

Reservations are strongly encouraged, and can be made by calling the TCFB office at (559) 732-8301 or via email at tcfb@tulcofb.org. Please register by Friday, Sept. 19.

All agribusinesses are encouraged to attend, even if you are not a cotton grower, there will be plenty of general farm safety information available, and can be a good refresher course for all agricultural operations.

State Compensation Insurance Fund, established by the Legislature in 1914, is a self-supporting, nonprofit, fairly competitive public enterprise that provides workers’ compensation insurance coverage at cost to California employers.

Tulare County Farm Bureau represents more than 2,000 family farmers and is dedicated to public education and advocacy on behalf of its diverse membership. Tulare County is the second leading producer of agricultural products in California and the largest dairy producing county in the nation.