A new program that provides funding for rollover bars on tractors has helped several New York residents outfit their used John Deere tractors with life-saving equipment, according to NBC 2 News Utica.
The program, sponsored by the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH), helped Edward Machuga. He was able to purchase additional safety equipment to his already fortified machine, as the older man wanted to protect his aging body while in the field, according to the news source.
"It was a good thing that I had that protection on my tractor. My grandson drives it all the time so I feel safer that he has the rollbar, and I feel safer too," he told NBC 2 News.
Machuga, of Bradford, is in the process of retrofitting his third used John Deere tractor through the ROPS Program, according to the news source.
NYCAMH has been working to enhance agricultural and rural health by preventing and treating occupational injury and illness, along with providing rebate programs for farmers in need of funding for safety improvements.