Attendees of the Lincoln County Fair will learn about farm safety from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 26, when Emilia Woeppel, Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) outreach coordinator, will be on hand to discuss farm safety.According to the National Safety Council, agriculture is the nation’s most dangerous industry.
Between 1995 and 2000, nearly 700 youth died on farms and ranches in the United States, according to the 2004 Journal of Safety Research.
“The farm is a great place to live,” said Schafbuch. “People just need to be mindful of the dangers. Nearly every job on the farm can be dangerous.”
Woeppel partners with Farm Safety For Just Kids to offer safety education for youth. Farm Safety For Just Kids was founded 25 years ago by an Iowa farm wife after the death of her son in a gravity flow grain wagon accident.
The organization promotes a safe farm environment to prevent injuries and death by educating our youth.
FCSAmerica sponsors Woeppel’s position, in addition to outreach coordinators in Iowa and South Dakota.
“Raising awareness for farm safety is important in our rural communities,” said Mitchell Korf, FCSAmerica vice president in the North Platte area. “Our goal is to help ensure continued focus for our kids and promote education of safe environments through resources and programs provided by Farm Safety For Just Kids.”
For more information, visit www.farmsafetyforjustkids.org.