Tractor Rollover Bar Rebate Program from UNH Cooperative Extension

From Nada Haddad, Extension Agent, comes this announcement of a safety improvement opportunity:

Join us at a special event to launch the New Hampshire Rollover Protection System Rebate Program

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Farmers are eight times more likely to be killed on the job than other American workers, and tractor rollover is the number one cause of farming fatalities. But a rollover protection system (ROPS) and seatbelt are 99% effective in preventing these deaths. Yet many older tractors in use on New Hampshire farms are not equipped with ROPS, also known as rollbars.

In partnership with the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH), UNH Cooperative Extension, and N.H. Farm and Rural Education Foundation, the N.H. Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food is bringing a ROPS Retrofit Rebate Program to New Hampshire.

With this program, farmers will receive a 70% rebate for the cost of their ROPS, up to $765. Farmers will also get help finding the appropriate ROPS and assistance ordering the equipment.

As a lead program sponsor, John Deere and three New Hampshire John Deere dealers are hosting special launch events. Farmers and others interested in this program may attend any one of three locations Tuesday, Nov. 30, 10:30 a.m. until noon. A presentation about the program takes place at 11:30 a.m.

Learn more about the N.H. ROPS Rebate Program, register to have your tractor fitted with a ROPS and hear from farmers why this equipment is important. Enjoy refreshments and John Deere door prizes as well.

Please attend at any one of the following locations:

1. James Rosencrantz & Sons, 184 South Road, Kensington (South on Route 107, off Route 125, go about six miles and it is on the right), 603-772-4414.
2. R.N. Johnson, 269 Main Street, off Route 12 in Walpole (North entrance to town by the Malnati Dairy
Farm), 603-756-3321
3. Blackmount Equipment, 2924 Dartmouth College Highway, Route 10, North Haverhill, 603-787-6311

Call Dick Uncles, NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food, if you have questions about ROPS or the launch event, at 603-271-3551 or runcles@agr.state.nh.us.

Thanks to the following N.H. ROPS Rebate Program sponsors and supporters: NH Dept. of Agriculture,
Markets & Foods; John Deere; Co-operative Insurance Companies; Farm Credit East; Yankee Farm Credit; NH Farm Service Agency, Chappell Tractor, Townline Equipment, and Farm Family Life and Casualty Insurance Companies. For more information about ROPS or to register for the program, call toll-free 1-877-ROPS-R4U or visit www.ropsr4u.com.

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