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Farm safety focus at the Sioux Empire Fair
By Staff reports

July 25. 2013 9:53AM
Attendees of the Sioux Empire Fair will have an opportunity to learn about farm safety on Aug. 4 from 12 to 5 p.m. Ashley Tonak, FCSAmerica outreach coordinator, will teach the students about the potential dangers of working and playing in the sun.

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

Tonak 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 Tonak’s position, in addition to outreach coordinators in Iowa and Nebraska.

“Raising awareness for farm safety is important in our rural communities,” said Wes Chambers, FCSAmerica vice president for the Sioux Falls 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.”

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