Farm safety at the Pike County Ag Day | Events
Attendees of the Pike County Ag Day will learn about farm safety on March 16 at the Otwell Community Center. Sarah Correll, Cargill outreach coordinator, will be on hand to talk about various hazards in rural areas from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
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.
“The farm is a great place to live,” said Correll. “People just need to be mindful of the dangers. Nearly every job on the farm can be dangerous.”
Correll 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.
Cargill sponsors Correll’s position in addition to outreach coordinators in Kansas and Ohio.
“Cargill is proud of our 25 year relationship with Farm Safety 4 Just Kids“ said Fred Oelschlaeger, Farm Service Group leader with Cargill AgHorizons.” We greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with Farm Safety For Just Kids to help keep our most valuable resource – our kids – safe on the family farm.”
For more information, visit www.farmsafetyforjustkids.org.