I-CASH awarded funds to nine farm safety projects. Photos will be posted as we receive them. The 2016 recipients are:
FFA members delivered roadway safety materials to area farmers and also provided students with rural roadway safety materials including SMV signs. They conducted seatbelt checks and delivered seatbelt statistics documents, texting while driving messages, and reminder clings for car windows.
ISU Extension & Outreach, Buchanan County
FFA students designed and built a Hidden Hazards display. The display was used to teach elementary and middle school students about farm safety during a Farm Safety Days event. It will be utilized year round as an exhibition in the Heartland Acres Agribition Center and at the Fair I the Agriculture Education Building.
ISU Extension & Outreach, Clayton County
Two sessions were presented by 4-H students during an all-day field trip for fourth graders. One sessions featured an ATV used to demonstrate safe use and driving of an ATV. The other session was a presentation of safety around farm animals that featured a horse, cow, pig and dog. The 4-H students created the displays, handouts, scripts for the presentations and gave the presentations.
The Oskaloosa FFA held an Agricultural Safety Day at the Oskaloosa Elementary School for the elementary students. They planned the different stations that they presented. The stations included: Grain Safety, ATV Safety, Lawn Mower Safety, Livestock Safety (Hogs, Cattle, Horses, and maybe others), PTO Safety, and Pet Safety.
ISU Extension & Outreach, Mitchell County
The Mitchell County 4-H County Council in conjunction with the St. Ansgar and Osage FFA chapters planed and presented information about the hazards that are associated with farm machinery, animals, ATV’s and lawn equipment to roughly 115 4th grade students in both the St. Ansgar and Osage school districts.
Delaware County Fair Society
The Maquoketa Valley FFA wrote a Safety and Showing Guide last spring and approximately 30 students will research safety information and make sure it is relevant and current to today’s exhibitors. During the Fair, the youth exhibitors distributed copies of the Guide to their peers and to the spectators in the stands during the dairy, beef, sheep, swine, goat, poultry, rabbit, dog and horse shows.
Cherokee County Farm Bureau
Fourth grade students in the Aurelia, Cherokee, Marcus, Meriden, Cleghorn, and River Valley schools attended a day long program featuring a keynote speaker- 10-11 workshop rotations on topics such as fire safety, gun safety, chemical look alike, sports, animal, machinery, bicycle safety, weather, and a drug dog. There was hands on instruction for many of these topics.
Butler County 4-H Youth Council
Thirteen 4-H’ers on youth council determined what was needed in a first aid kit, purchased the supplies, and assembled the supplies into packs. The four first aid kits were placed in locations around the county fair – 4-H office, the food stand, by the horse arena, and a pack to travel to each livestock show. They researched information for laminated posters about animal safety and biosecurity and designed them. They put the posters in the livestock barns to help the public know of the dangers animals may present and to teach them to be safe in the barns and help keep our animals healthy.
Washington County 4-H & Extension
4-H youth participating in the “Stay Safe, Take a Break” project, which targets farmers/farm families in the fall during the busy harvest season. The 4-Hers select, purchase, assemble and and deliver goody bags containing treats, water, ear plugs, chap stick, dust masks, and other PPE. This gives the farmers a five minute break to stretch, have a snack, and talk to young people about farm safety.