Ord, Neb. – A Progressive Agriculture Safety Day for children Kindergarten through sixth grade is being planned for Thursday, June 3, 2010 at the Valley County fairgrounds facility. The event is being conducted by the Central NE Farm Safety 4 Just Kids Chapter in conjunction with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation. According to Kayla Hinrichs, coordinator for the event, children often see farm and livestock operations as exciting playgrounds – providing endless hours of fun and adventure. But these facilities and the livestock and equipment on them also can set the stage for tragedy.
Each year, many children are killed or injured on America’s farms and ranches. According to Hinrichs, “this summer, safety days such as the one being hosted by the Central NE Farm Safety 4 Just Kids chapter, are being held in many locations across the U.S., Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa to teach rural children how to prevent injuries and reduce the risk of farm incidents.” During the safety days, children participate in interactive activities that reinforce the importance of taking responsibility for their own safety, respecting parents’ safety rules and sharing safety tips with their family and friends.
Hands-on demonstrations teach participants lifesaving first aid techniques and reveal the hidden hazards of farm surroundings. Some of the demonstrations this year will focus on: childhood abductions, drug abuse, fires, farm equipment, lawn mowers, healthy lifestyles and self defense.
International, state, and local sponsors of the safety days hope participants will maintain a healthy respect for farm hazards throughout their lives, and that, ultimately, the numbers of deaths and injuries among rural children will decline. Progressive Agriculture Safety Days are sponsored nationally by: Bunge North America, Agrium, Inc., Farm Credit System Foundation, Inc., John Deere, Toyota, Monsanto Company – C3ND, Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont Business, CHS, DTN/The Progressive Farmer, Alliance Pipeline LLC, Case IH, MetLife Foundation, Buck Knives, Westfield Industries/Ag Growth Industries, Nationwide Agribusiness, Terra Industries Inc., Bayer CropScience, Kubota Tractor Corporation, PotashCorp, J. R. Simplot Company, Rosen Family Foundation, Propane Education & Research Council, Betaseed, Inc., Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations – Agricultural Tire, MacDon Industries, Ltd., Lange-Stegmann Company, Brownells, CSX Corporation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Farm Progress Companies, Farm Journal Media, Broadhead + Co., Morgan & Myers, Outside Hub Media, and Howard Leight/Sperian Hearing Protection.
The safety day program allows community leaders to structure a safety day that covers basic farm safety issues and first aid, as well as addressing specific local needs. Local farmers, manufacturers, and merchants donate their time and equipment to ensure that each safety day is a fun and valuable learning experience. Local sponsors include: Cargill, Inc., First National Bank, Farm Credit Services, Union Bank of Taylor, Tier One, Bank First, Howard County Farm Bureau, Loup Valley Rural Public Power