The Cherokee County Farm Bureau helps to make farm life safe
and healthier for children through Ag Safety Day's education and training workshops.
Agricultural operations by necessity have many hazards with the potential to seriously injure or kill. The main purpose of an Ag Safety Day program is to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities by educating children who are engaged in agricultural-related work through various training methods and workshops. Cherokee County Farm Bureau feels that children need to gain more knowledge of safety hazards, and feels that this is best accomplished through instruction and hands-on learning.
Cherokee County Farm Bureau provided an Ag Safety Day camp for Cherokee County students from Aurelia, Cherokee, Marcus, Meriden, Cleghorn, and River Valley recently at the Cherokee Community Center.
A total of 160 students rotated among nine different work stations throughout the course of the day - safety, electric, water, first aid, canine drug dog, bicycle, Wheel of Misfortune, fire, and large tractor. Each of the students received a bicycle helmet for their participation, compliments of the generous monetary donations to the program.
Those who donated to this year's program included Aurelia Lumber, Big A Auto Parts, Bruce Jones - agent Cherokee Farm Bureau Financial Services, Cherokee Basin and Iowa Lakes Electric, Cherokee County Extension, Cherokee Rotary, Cherokee State Bank, Derrick Sleezer, O'Halloran International, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Ron's Repair, Sleezer Fertility,Tim McGuire- agent Cherokee Farm Bureau Financial Services, Titan Machinery Inc., and Valley Glass.
Lunch was provided through donations from area businesses including Hy-Vee Distribution/Food Store, McDonalds, Chesterman Company, Walmart in Storm Lake, and the Cherokee County Pork Producers.
The Cherokee County Pork Producers were on hand to grill pork burgers for all the students, teachers and staff.
Cherokee County Farm Bureau thanks everyone who helped to make this event - Ag Safety Day 2010 - another success. The support of the many presenters, businesses and volunteers and donations from individuals and businesses, schools, teachers, Pork Producers, and Bomgaar's helps to make this program a wonderful informative day for students.
Thanks also to the Cherokee Community Center for the use of their building. Farm Bureau hopes that the workshops were helpful and informative and that students continue to make safety a priority in their everyday lives.
For photos of "Safety Day," see the "Farm Safety Day" Photo Gallery.