Ag Day Held In Geneva

Published on Monday, 07 June 2010 14:53
Written by thenebraskasigna

Each year Nebraska's farmers and ranchers come close to an accident - in the field, in livestock pens, in grain piles. Youth are not excluded from this. To help teach youth safe on farms and rural communities, a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day was held in Geneva on May 25, 2010 for area 3-6th grade youth. The program was sponsored by the local WIFE (Women Involved in Farm Economics), Fillmore Central and Shickley FFA Chapters, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Fillmore County, and several other local businesses and organizations.

Stephanie Ortmann, 10/11 Meteorologist taught youth what to do in dangerous weather situations along with what the watches and warnings actually mean. Shickley FFA members taught about disability awareness through hands-on demonstrations. Fillmore Central FFA members explained to participants the steps that should be taken if an accident were to occur. Nebraska Public Power District showed youth dangers with power lines and demonstrated what could happen in different situations by using their demonstration trailer. Rhonda Schiermeyer and Megan Williams demonstrated how youth can stay safe when around livestock.

State Trooper Bybee brought his rollover trailer which illustrated what happens when one chooses not to wear seatbelts. Jack Yoder explained and showed things to watch for when working with tractor batteries and dangers that exist. Dennis Baber from the State Fire Marshall’s office demonstrated to youth how to use a fire extinguisher and let each participant “put out a fire with a fire extinguisher” through a simulation activity.

In addition to these hands-on sessions, youth received a “goodie bag” with educational safety materials reminding them what was learned. Progressive Agriculture Safety Day was conducted through the Progressive Agriculture Foundation, so each participant and volunteer received a t-shirt from Progressive Agriculture sponsors.

At the conclusion of the day, youth expressed that they had a great time and learned safety tips that may someday save their or someone else’s life.