Hobby farms leading to more accidents, injuries

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A Purdue farm- safety expert says hobby farms are leading to more injuries in Indiana.

Posted: Nov. 30, 2017 10:27 AM
Updated: Nov. 30, 2017 10:27 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A Purdue farm-safety expert says hobby farms are leading to more injuries in Indiana.

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Bill Field has served as an expert witness in more than a hundred lawsuits where amateur farmers where injured or killed.

Experts say the trend of small-scale, organic food production has led more people to try it themselves.

Many of them aren't fully aware of the potential safety hazards.

Indiana has had 115 farming fatalities in the last four years.

Up to a quarter of those have been on small-scale hobby or lifestyle farms.

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