Farm safety to be promoted at county fair

Published: Saturday, June 29, 2013 7:00 a.m. CDT

URBANDALE, Iowa – Farm safety is coming to the Grundy County Fair.

Gracie Weinzierl, ADM outreach coordinator, will be talking about farm safety with fair attendees from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 3-7.

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 Weinzierl. “People just need to be mindful of the dangers. Nearly every job on the farm can be dangerous.”

Youth are particularly at risk given their lack of knowledge and physical strength. Weinzierl will discuss ATV, chemical, power take-off, and animal safety.

Weinzierl 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.

ADM, a leading agricultural processor of food ingredients, animal feeds, and feed ingredients, is proud to support Farm Safety For Just Kids. ADM is committed to helping producers and their families live and work safely on U.S. farms.

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