A Davis Elementary students tries her hand at the grain bin simulator during Ag Farm Safety day at Key Co-op in Grinnell. Grinnell students at Davis in third and fourth grades spent a half day each on Thursday, May 19 learning about safety in and around farm equipment. This young student is learning about how much strength and force it would take to pull someone stuck in a grain bin. The annual event is hosted by the Poweshiek County Extension Office and rotates between Grinnell, Montezuma and BGM schools.
By J.O. Parker
Ag farm safety was the theme of the day as approximately 210 third and fourth graders and 20 teachers from Davis Elementary in Grinnell spent Thursday, May 19 at Key Cooperative learning everything from fire safety to auger/PTO safety, chemical look-a-likes, biosecurity and electricity safety.
The annual event, which rotates between Grinnell, Montezuma and Brooklyn schools, is sponsored by Poweshiek County Extension with the Poweshiek County Farm Bureau furnishing the sack lunches.
Following is a list of Grinnell Ag Safety Day Presenters :
• Fire Safety - Jed Petersen, Grinnell Fire Department
• Wilderness First Aid – Emily Klein, Grinnell College SERA Manager
• Life Jacket/Water Safety - Signey Hilby, Poweshiek County Extension
• Animal Behavior and Safety - Haley Princehouse, Poweshiek County Extension
• Sun Safety - Shauna Callaway, Poweshiek County Public Health
• Biosecurity - Gavin Tindle, Poweshiek County Extension
• Combine/Tractor Safety – Brian Van Roekel, VanWall Equipment
• Electricity/Energy Safety – Brooklyn TIP
• Road Signs and Road Safety - Great Plains Agricultural Public Health
• Auger/PTO Safety – Bayer Crop Science
• Grain Bin Safety – Bayer Crop Science
• Chemical Safety and Chemical Look-A- Likes – Bayer Crop Science
“Ag Safety Day was a wonderful opportunity for both the youth and myself,” noted Signey Hilby, Clover Kids Coordinator and Program Assistant at the Poweshiek County Extension. “The youth were very excited and learned a lot from the presenters. I was able to build some professional partnerships with other local businesses/organizations.”
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