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 engaged in agricultural-related work through various training methods and workshops. Cherokee County Farm Bureau feels that safety hazards are something children need more knowledge of through instruction and hands-on learning.
Safety Day Camps provide one such method, where children can participate in learning more about the hazards to health and safety in rural areas.
Cherokee County Farm Bureau provided an Ag Safety Day camp for Cherokee County students from Aurelia, Cherokee, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, and River Valley on Wednesday, May 18 held at the Cherokee Community Center in Cherokee.
All together, there were 144 fourth grade students rotated among 11 different work stations ranging from gun safety, electric, water, first aid, chemical look alike, bicycle, mower, fire, large animal, KCHE-weather program, and large tractor.
Students each received a bicycle helmet compliments of the many generous monetary donations to the program from area businesses.
Those who donated to this year's program were, Aurelia Lumber of Aurelia, Cherokee Basin Electric of Cherokee, Cherokee County Extension Office of Cherokee, Cherokee State Bank of Cherokee, Farm Bureau Financial Services-Bruce Jones- career agent of Cherokee, Farmers State Bank of Marcus, Gustafson Real Estate of Cherokee, Iowa Lakes Electric of Cherokee, Letche's Bike Shop of Cherokee, Lockin Insurance of Aurelia, Marcus Chiropractic Health Center of Marcus, Marcus Lumber of Marcus, Pioneer Hi-Bred International of Aurelia, Sand Seed Service, Inc. of Marcus, Smith Insurance of Marcus, and Western Cherokee Mutual of Marcus.
Lunch was provided by donations from local businesses in Cherokee who includes: Hy-Vee, Hy-Vee Distribution Center, McDonalds, Chesterman Company, Wal-Mart in Storm Lake and the Cherokee County Pork Producers.
Cherokee County Pork Producers were also on hand to grill pork burgers for all the students, teachers, presenters, and staff.