Farm life is great, but can be dangerous
To the editor,
Agriculture is the nation’s most dangerous industry. An average of 113 youth, less than 20 years of age, died on farms in the United States from 1995-2002. In 2009, over 16,000 children were injured on the farm. The farm can be a great place to raise kids, but it can also be a dangerous one.
As a Farm Credit Services of America outreach coordinator, I travel the state of Iowa teaching farm safety to youth and their families. Farm Credit Services of America has partnered with Farm Safety For Just Kids to educate youth in Iowa about potential hazards on the farm. Topics that are covered include ATV safety, lawn-mower safety, grain safety, livestock/animal safety and chemical safety.
Farm Safety For Just Kids was founded nearly 25 years ago by Marilyn Adams who lost her 11-year-old son in a gravity flow grain wagon accident. Today the organization has over 120 chapters across the US and Canada as well as six outreach coordinators, like me.
Thanks to Farm Credit Services of America, I am able to do these demonstrations absolutely free. My only job is to spread the farm safety message in the hopes of keeping kids safe on the farm. Whether you are a member of the farming community or not, I urge you to take a few moments to educate yourself and your children on some common hazards that are found in our daily lives, these moments may save the life of someone you know.
Farm Safety For Just Kids Outreach Coordinator