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Grundy Center second graders learn farm safety

March 11, 2013
Reinbeck Courier

The Grundy Center second graders will learn about farm safety at 12 p.m. on March 8. Morgan Schafbuch, Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) outreach coordinator, will teach the students about various hazards in rural areas.

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 Schafbuch. "People just need to be mindful of the dangers. Nearly every job on the farm can be dangerous."

A puppet show will help teach the students about safety around animals on the farm.

Schafbuch 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 Schafbuch's position, in addition to outreach coordinators in Nebraska and South Dakota.

"Raising awareness for farm safety is important in our rural communities," said Angie Treptow, FCSAmerica vice president for the Cedar Falls and Manchester area. "Our goal is to help ensure continued focus for our kids and promote education of safe environments through resources and programs provided by Farm Safety For Just Kids."

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