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Program to protect farmers expanding

Burlington, Vermont - January 27, 2011

A program that helps keep farmers safe is expanding.

The leading cause of death on a farm is a tractor rollover. The Rebates for Roll Bars program was started last year by UVM Extension to help farmers install protective structures on their tractors. The program offers farmers rebates to retrofit their older tractors with a roll bar and a seat belt.

"Oftentimes people will say, 'well, what's available for my '58 John Deere?' And really we have a database of every kit made in the world. So that one call will give you what's available, if it's a fold-over, whatever. And then you go ahead and order it and then you get the rebate," said Matt Myers of Rebates for Roll Bars.

The average rebate to tractor owners is about $700. Funding for the program comes from private donations, UVM Extension and the Cooperative Insurance company.

To find out more about the Rebates for Roll Bars program -- www.ROPSR4U.com or 1-877-ROPS-R4U.

Judy Simpson - WCAX News

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