Youth attending the Beadle County Safety Day will learn about farm safety from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, July 24. Emma Christensen, Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) outreach coordinator, will teach the children about various hazards in rural areas. Christensen partners with the South Dakota Farmers Union for this event.
According to the National Safety Council, agriculture is the nation’s most dangerous industry. Between 1995 and 2000, nearly 700 youth died on farms and ranches in the United States, according to the 2004 Journal of Safety Research.
“Safety should come first,” said Christensen. “Especially when there are so many dangerous jobs on the farm.”
Christensen partners with Farm Safety For Just Kids to offer safety education for youth. Farm Safety For Just Kids was founded 25 years ago by an Iowa farm wife after the death of her son in a gravity flow grain wagon accident. The organization promotes a safe farm environment to prevent injuries and death by educating our youth.
FCSAmerica sponsors Christensen’s position, in addition to outreach coordinators in Wyoming, Iowa, and Nebraska.
“Raising awareness for farm safety is important in our rural communities,” said Jason Edleman, FCSAmerica vice president for the Beadle area. “Our goal is to help ensure continued focus for our kids and promote safe environment education through Farm Safety For Just Kids’ resources and programs.”
For more information, visit www.farmsafetyforjustkids.org.For the complete article see the 07-18-2014 issue.
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