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FFA students educate lower grades on farm safety
Two-day event covers wide range of agriculture hazards and precautions
By Wes Feese
Media Relations, Adair County Schools
Adair County High School FFA students spent Tuesday and Wednesday teaching farm safety to first and fifth graders as part of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation's Ag Safety Day. Participants and sponsors included Adair County 4-H, Adair County Schools, FFA, Farm Bureau, and the Family Resource Center.
"We've been doing this in some form or another for 19 years now," says Tony Rose, Adair County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development. "We used to do it on Saturdays. It started in 1997 with a Health Dept. grant and it's grown quite a bit since then."
Tuesday's program for fifth graders featured eight separate booths dealing with different aspects of farm safety, including fire extinguisher use, which was led by local firefighters; first aid, taught by Adair EMS; water safety, from the Corps of Engineers; and lawn mower, tractor, ATV, and livestock safety lectures from FFA students. Wednesday's version of the program for the first graders focused solely on livestock, ATV, and tractor safety.
Senior FFA officers led the lectures and demonstrations, while junior officers served as guides, leading the different classes from one booth to the next. Students also received a free snow cone before they returned to their school.
Agriculture teacher and FFA sponsor Kirby Hancock says farm safety is important for every student, regardless of their interest in agriculture. "Whether they live on a farm or not, at some point you're going to be exposed to farm equipment and possible hazards--especially living around here in a rural area," Hancock explains. "That's why it's so important that these kids learn the proper safety measures at a young age."
This story was posted on 2016-09-23 10:57:03
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