Jackson County 4-H Partners With Progressive Agriculture Safety Day
To help children recognize farm hazards, and promote safety on the farm, the UF/IFAS Jackson County 4-H program in cooperation with the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program will be hosting an Agriculture Safety and Awareness Day on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 9 AM-2PM CT, at the Jackson County Ag Center on Highway 90 in Marianna, Florida. This free one-day program will provide farm safety stations and activities and will also provide agricultural awareness education for the youth of Jackson and surrounding counties.
As you know, the farm is many things to rural children. It’s their home, their playground and where they help with chores. The farm also has special hazards associated with it.
Jackson County is one of the largest agricultural counties in the State of Florida and is home to nearly 9,000 school age youth. According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, there are 1,160 farms encompassing 262,312 acres in Jackson County. Across America, over 23,000 children under the age of 15 have life threatening injuries each year in farm related accidents. At the Safety Day, participants will learn about the potential dangers on the farm such as:
- Animal Safety
- Boating Safety
- Wildlife Safety
- Chemical Safety
- Hidden Hazards
- Fire Safety
- Electrical Safety
- Tractor Safety
- Outdoor Safety
- First Aid
- Highway and Roadway Safety
- Other Safety Topics
You can help us teach local children how to live more safely on the farm. Your donation of $50.00 or more, would be used to help cover the expense of providing this event. In addition, we are collecting items for each child to have a take-home bag of safety materials and other items. Do you have 300 of any items such as pencils, magnets, caps, etc. that you could donate?
We are asking for the support of the Jackson County community and businesses to make this happen. We will need assistance from volunteers, community members, vendors, educators, farmers and ranchers, local businesses and you! We are asking for monetary as well as, in-kind donations. Our goal is to educate our youth and the community and have attendees go home with valuable information and items of interest.
Your consideration of time, donations and/or funding for this worthwhile event is greatly appreciated. On behalf of the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® planning committee and myself, I we would like to thank you in advance for your support. For more information please contact the 4-H Office at (850) 482-9620, Stacey Warden at (850) 693-3275 or Casey Roach at (850) 592-3250, if you have any questions.