Minnesota officials are calling attention to a recent wave of fatal farm incidents – and they’re urging farmers to take safety precautions when working in grain bins. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has declared this week “Grain Bin Safety Week,” in light of several fatalities in Minnesota and across the country. Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap says many farmers are desperate to salvage their crops following a rough year weather-wise in 2019. He says wet conditions resulted in low-quality grain for storage.

As a result, he says, a farmer might jump in to remove the clump – and can become trapped if they’re working alone or not using the proper safety equipment. Paap says that’s why it’s crucial for farmers working at grain bins to have someone with them at all times and to use the correct gear. The state says ten people have died in farming-related accidents in Minnesota since June 2019.