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April 8, 2020
By Ryan McGeeneyU of A System Division of Agriculture
(190 words)(Download this story in MS Word format here.)
LITTLE ROCK — While many businesses have closed or moved employee interactions online,
much of the world depends on farmers remaining on the job — and in the field.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has released two videos
explaining practical, common-sense safety precautions for anyone working in an agricultural
production environment. One video is in English, the other in Spanish.
The precautions are specifically aimed at helping farmers protect themselves and their
coworkers from COVID-19, and to slow the spread of the virus.
The English language video features Jarrod Hardke, rice agronomist for the Division
of Agriculture; the Spanish language version features Eduardo Castaneda, a program
associate with the Division of Agriculture’s Rice Research and Extension Center in
Each video explains the importance of social distancing during tailgate meetings,
sanitizing equipment before and after use and other safety behaviors in about three
The English version, “Staying Safe on the Farm through COVID-19,” can be viewed at
The Spanish version, “Mantenerse Seguro en la Granja a Través de COVID-19,” can be
viewed at https://bit.ly/UAEX-COVID19-Farms-Español.
For information and resources on COVID-19 for families, businesses and others, visit https://uaex.uada.edu/covid-19.
To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension
Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @UAEX_edu.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media contact:Ryan McGeeneyCommunications ServicesUniversity of Arkansas System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org