Farming or Excavating: What are You Actually Doing?

Farm ExcavatingEvery day, farming and ranching activities pose a safety risk to our buried infrastructure. Today’s equipment is more powerful and can dig deeper. At the same time, erosion and terrain modifications can reduce the soil covering a buried pipeline or cable. Even the weight of equipment can pose a risk.

Most states provide a narrow exemption to their One Call law for “normal” farming or ranching activities. One of the keys to safe digging is understanding “when am I farming, and when am I excavating?” The activities on this list may seem like every day work on a farm or ranch, but they are actually classified as excavating and according to state laws, require a call to 811.

  • ExcavatingFence Building or Repair
  • Drain Tilling
  • Terracing
  • Grading
  • Contouring
  • Ripping
  • Deep Tilling
  • Tree and Stump Removal
  • Clearing or Grubbing
  • Ditch Cleaning and Repair
  • Trenching
  • Augering
  • Installing Cattle Guards, Dams or Dugouts
  • Trenching Water Lines from a Well to a Stock Tank
  • Burying Livestock
  • Maintaining, Building or Repairing Roads

Florida’s One Call contact information.

Phone: 800-432-4770

Hours: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm (EST), M-F

Advance Notice: 2 full business days (10 if dig site is under water)

Marks Valid: 30 days


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Posted: July 27, 2018

Category: Agriculture, Farm Management
Tags: Augering, Cattle Guards, Dams, Ditches, Excavation, Farm, Farming, Grading Trenching, Stump Removal, Tilling

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