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AgriCulture 350 482 Forest City Film Festival

Description: With the highest per capita risk of life changing injury or death, agricultural accidents make farming the most dangerous profession in the developed world. Every year more than 100 people on average die in agricultural related accidents in Canada, with machinery related injuries being the most common. A much higher rate of life altering injury occurs, but is commonly brushed aside as a natural part of the job. Small town Zurich native TJ Klopp comes from generations of farmers. As long as he can remember, all he’s wanted to do is farm. After working on his family farm in his childhood and into his teen years, attending school for agricultural studies, and eventually purchasing a farm of his own, TJ has established a solid business. Just last fall during harvest, TJ was caught in an inadequately shielded PTO shaft, and his leg was broken – but he was extremely lucky, PTO shaft injuries often result in limb amputation and death. Although the road to recovery was long, his community and his family worked hard to help him keep his farm running, and he’s made a full recovery. Every day since his accident last fall, TJ has continued to put his life put at risk to perform a job that we take for granted on a daily basis, working as a cash crop, cattle and pig farmer. He has a passion for locally produced products, and partners with many small businesses to put food on the tables of his community. ​After being seriously injured doing the thing that he loves, how has TJ’s perspective changed? What changes has he made to make his farm safer for himself and his family?

SWO Connection: The film’s subject lives an hour north of London, Ontario, and much of the crew is from Southwestern Ontario.

Run Time: 05:52 min