Progressive Ag Safety Day teaches life lessons

Area youth learned how to be safe in living in a rural area. Today 140 students from St. Agnes, Community Christian and Mitchell Schools participated in the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day in Mitchell. Through 11 different stations, students learned about how to be safe around tractors, grain bins, irrigation canals, ATV's and in station is designed for the North Platte Valley is canal safety.

With more than 3 - thousand miles of canals in the region, Pathfinder Irrigation District General Manager Dennis Strauch says it's important youth understand the dangers of canals.

Event Organizer Rene Scheurer, Marketing Operations Specialist for Betaseed says it's important these 3rd through 5th graders learn these lessons at a young age and hopefully they will share this information home to their family. The event is designed to make youth aware of things that can cause injury or death.

The event is sponsored by the Progressive Agriculture Foundation. This is the second year this event has been held in Mitchell. Each participate receives a bicycle helmet, a water bottle and a hat.

The Progressive Agriculture Foundation has been putting these events for more than 19 years in the US and other countries. Scheurer says in 2012 Progressive Agriculture reached their 1 - millionth child.

This year's event was put on by over 45 volunteers from the local community including representatives from local police and fire departments. The local event is supported by the Scottsbluff-Gering United Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Committee.

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