Learning Safety on the Farm

Life can change in a instant, if you're not careful. That was the message carried to one hundred fifty students from Mitchell and Morrill Elementary Schools Thursday at the Progressive Ag Safety Day. Progressive Ag is a national organization that organizes events like this across the country to teach youth about safety to prevent injuries on the farm to children. Betaseed has organized Agriculture Safety Days in Wahpeton, North Dakota and Argyle, Minnesota. This marked the first time the sugar beet seed company is brought the effort to western Nebraska.

Betaseed Marketing Specialist Rene Scheurer says there are so many things that kids are around and they don't even realize how dangerous some of the things are. She says it's worth it for the kids to learn and we hoping that they will go home and tell their parents some of the things that learned and it will help everyone.

Third through fifth grade students went through 12 stations to go through a cross section of presentations on fire safety, electrical safety, power take off (PTO) safety as well as things like sun safety and food safety.

Event Coordinator and Betaseed Sales Manager John Dillman says the event was well - received. Each participant received bicycle helmet, first aid kit, water bottle, a hat and safety information. Betaseed is looking to offer this event annually to area youth.

After evaluating this year's event, Dillman says organization committee will determine if it's possible to take more students in the day. The group may look at offering the program to a larger school or several schools like Minatare, Bayard and Bridgeport next year. The group is wanting feedback from their volunteers, because without volunteers the event is not possible. Additionally, the committee is surveying teachers and students in attendance to see how this event could be improved for future years.

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