ST. PAUL (KMHL) – Gov. Tim Walz announced a proposal to enhance farm safety measures across the state. Walz is proposing to spend $250,000 to enhance farm safety measures in Minnesota.

“Too many Minnesota families have lost loved ones to preventable farming accidents,” said Walz. “That’s why I’m proposing new funding for safety measures like tractor rollover protection and grain bin safety equipment. We need to make sure all Minnesota farmers have access to these resources so they can work safely and prevent future tragedies.”

Walz’s proposal would relaunch the Tractor Rollover Protection Program, also to create a cost-share reimbursement program for farmers who wish to invest in grain bin safety equipment and to conduct a farm safety outreach campaign highlighting tractor and grain bin safety.

The governor says too many families have lost loved ones due to preventable farming accidents.

“The work that’s being done here and the work that Michele [Gran] out so courageously and I think so eloquently talking about is wanting to make sure no other family has to go through this, so this is a good start.”

State officials say at least 10 people have died in farm accidents in Minnesota since June of 2019.