For a 5th year in a row, the Frazer Agency has earned the honor of attending the FAST Track Sales Conference in May of 2014.  This year the trip took us to lovely Puerto Rico.  Latest news, is we’ve done it again for 2015!  Congratulations to Stuart Farnham and the team for consistently working hard to protect our farmer and other agribusiness clients!

Award

 

ELITE FARM Cert Agency Red

The Frazer Agency and Stuart Farnham are the only Elite Certified Agribusiness agency in VT, NH, and ME.  Stuart continues his success with the agribusiness product by bringing expert knowledge to farmers and a continued relationship with the Vermont Farm Bureau.

The Frazer Agency has again achieved Nationwide Insurance highest honor of President’s Club. The Agency was 54th out of over 4000 agencies nationwide. We are very proud of this achievement. In addition to President’s Club, the agency qualified for Nationwide Agribusiness Fast Track Sales Conference by once again becoming the number one Nationwide Agribusiness sales agency in VT, NH, and ME.

We are happy to announce that Jessie Frazer Farnham has been promoted to Agency President. She has been our Agency Development Manager for the past three years in charge of marketing and development. In her new position, she will assume responsibility for the day to day operations of the business and staff.

This weekend is the Windsor Rotary Club’s Annual Penny Sale at the high school auditorium.  Also, you will find our Farm Sales guy, Stuart Farnham, up at the Everything Equine Show in Essex Junction, VT.  Spring is definitely upon us now.  The rains are coming in a little late, but better late than never.  Remember, homeowners does not included flood coverage. Call us today for a quote on flood insurance.

Once again the Frazer Agency will be at the Home Life Show at Leverone Field House this weekend, March 16-18th.  Look for our coloring contest page in the Valley News  and the Vermont Standard on Thursday.  Bring the colored page to our booth and be entered to win a new bike helmet courtesy of Paradise Sports in Windsor, VT!  You can also enter to win our Kindle Fire!  Check out the booth for great give-aways!

 

The Frazer Agency is now a Master Farm Certified Agency.  Why is this important to you?  Education is key to keeping a viable agency in today’s market.  The Master Farm Certification provides our Agents with information specific to agricultural and how insurance and other business needs are met thorugh our products and agents.  We take great pride in achieving this distinction with Nationwide Agribusiness

 

Our Agent, Stuart Farnham, has worked hard to become involved in the farming community in Vermont and New Hampshire.  He serves as a Board Member for the Windsor County Farm Bureau and a delegate for the Vermont Farm Bureau.  We are proud to have Stuart on board as our Master Farm Certified Agent.

Coming to Vermont soon!!  Home, Auto, and Life equals up to a 25% DISCOUNT!  Call today 888-900-1354 for a quick quote and start saving today!  Plus, you will be protecting all of your most valuable assets…home, auto, and life!

 

For More Information, Contact: For Immediate Release:

Stuart Farnham • 888-900-1354 September 26, 2011

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Fire Prevention Tips for Farmers and Ranchers

 

DES MOINES, IA

 

The combination of increased risk and high-value assets makes fire protection at farms and ranches especially critical. The first step in helping minimize fire and wildfire risk is increased knowledge and awareness. You don’t have to lose your farm or ranch or your possessions to fires. You can take several basic steps right now to protect your family, farm/ranch, and property from disaster.

 

Basic Fire Prevention Preparation

Identify and minimize the risk of possible fire hazards in your farm or ranch operations and in your residence.

     

  • Remove or isolate highly flammable and combustible materials and accelerants where possible.
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  • Train and conduct fire drills for employees and family members so everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire.
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  • Develop a plan to evacuate livestock and identify an area where livestock can be moved such as a plowed or heavily grazed field or pasture providing water and shade.
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  • Facilitate fire service response by working with your fire department to make certain an adequate water supply is available, and that obstructions are removed from aisles, walkways, driveways, and doors to provide fire service with a clear path.
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  • Provide a list of stored hazardous materials to your fire department and update it regularly.
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  • Stress the importance of everyday maintenance and housekeeping in preventing fire.
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  • Post signs and enforce “No Smoking” bans in barns, and around machinery and combustible and flammable materials.
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  • Install, inspect and maintain appropriate warning and extinguishing systems in residences, farm buildings, on tractors, combines and around mechanized equipment. This should include fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, fire alarms and, ideally in some locations and circumstances, sprinklers.
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Remove highly flammable vegetation from within at least 30 feet of residences and farm buildings.

 

 

  • Create noncombustible zones around spaces where equipment, fuel, hay and chemicals are stored.
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  • Create and maintain appropriate types and sizes of fire guards around pastures and crops.
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  • Keep roofs free of combustible debris and materials and enclose eaves.
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  • Do not store combustible materials under elevated platforms and enclose the areas under them with mesh screen to prevent burning embers from accumulating in these areas.
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  • Construct and update farm buildings using ignition resistant and noncombustible materials, including siding, chimneys, roofs, doors and windows.
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  • Consider installing sprinklers to protect residences, farm buildings and vegetation.
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  • Always comply with state or local regulations regarding open burning. Secure permits if necessary and notify the local fire department before you begin burning.
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  • Do not burn on high wildfire risk days, or days with unfavorable weather such as high winds, low relative humidity, or dry and hot conditions. Drought conditions can elevate the wildfire risk.
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  • Build a fire break around the area being burned to contain the fire.
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  • Keep equipment (rakes, shovels, water hoses) nearby to assist in fighting a fire if needed. For large burns it may be necessary to use tractors with discs, plows, and large sprayers to aid in containment.
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  • If the fire is getting out of control, call the fire department immediately.
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  • Never leave the fire unattended.
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  • Locate above-ground fuel tanks at least 40 feet away from buildings. For liquid propane storage tank distance recommendations, check online with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) at
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  • Maintain a ten-foot noncombustible area around all fuel tanks.
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  • To prevent spontaneous combustion, cure hay to the proper moisture content before baling or stacking/storing.
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  • Do not allow grass silage to become too dry. Make certain upright silos do not have air leaks.
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  • Store compressed gases in upright cylinders away from heat sources and secure to a wall to prevent them from tipping over.
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  • Make certain exhaust systems including manifolds, mufflers and turbochargers are free of leaks and in good working order. Avoid parking hot machinery on or near dry grass or other dry vegetation.
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  • Follow instructions when installing and operating farm machinery and follow maintenance schedules including cleaning of chaff, dust, and other combustible materials.
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  • Keep appropriate fully charged fire extinguishers on tractors, combines, and near all farm machinery.
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  • Welders, grinders, and cutting torches should only be used in clean areas at least 35 feet away from any flammable and combustible materials. Welding curtains should be used to minimize the spread of sparks.
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  • When building or remodeling, identify and meet the most recently approved requirements of your state and local building, electrical, and fire codes. Where possible, use ignition resistant or noncombustible building materials.
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  • Install smoke detectors and fire alarms. Consider sprinkler systems and carbon monoxide detectors where appropriate.
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  • Locate new buildings a safe distance from others to prevent the rapid spread of fire.
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  • Where barns or other farm buildings are 50 feet or less from one another, regularly cut vegetation between them and maintain a cleared area of 30 feet from these buildings.
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  • Use approved fire doors on farm buildings.
  • – Among the common risks facing farms and ranches is fire; both accidental fires and wildfires. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, on average, 20,000 agricultural-related fires cause $102 million in direct property losses and result in 25 fatalities each year. More than half of agricultural fires involve brush or grass, while about one-third are equipment fires that involve vehicles, processing equipment, fixed wiring, heaters and torches. Two-thirds of agricultural fires occur in fields or orchards, with the remaining one-third affecting livestock or poultry operations.

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    The information included in this article was obtained from sources believed to be reliable. Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company and its employees make no guarantee of results and assume no liability in connection with any suggestions or information provided. It is the user’s responsibility to confirm compliance with any applicable local, state or federal regulations. Information obtained from or via Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company should not be used as the basis for legal advice or other advice, but should be confirmed from alternative sources.

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    http://www.alliedinsurance.com/content/AP01627g_00_WildfireElecMan_MidAtlantic_0210.pdf

    Contact Stuart Farnham at the Frazer Agency for a complete review of your Farm Fire Protection Risk Management.

    Please call 800-421-3535 for Nationwide Insurance Claims.

    If you have an active flood policy, please call 800-255-8765.

    We did it again this year!  Thank you to all our farmers who have trusted The Frazer Agency with their business over the past three years!  This years conference was in hot and humid San Antonio, TX!  Nationwide Agribusiness team out did themselves again this year with an awesome time.

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