LITTLE ROCK — Vocational agriculture students
from high schools in Woodruff County will participate in a safety
program at the Greenway John Deere dealership in Augusta, March 11.
Arkansas Farm Bureau is conducting the event as part of Agriculture
Safety Awareness Week, which runs March 7-13.
The program is expected to attract more than 200 students and
includes sessions on tractor, ATV, grain bin and electrical safety.
Additional safety programs are scheduled for Greenwood High School,
March 8 and Springdale Har-Ber High School, March 10.
“Agriculture remains one of the nation’s most dangerous
occupations,” says Matt Jackson, Arkansas Farm Bureau safety
coordinator. “The Agriculture Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) is
designed to encourage farmers to slow down and take simple precautions
when operating their farm equipment.”
Jackson says those precautions include ensuring safety
devices are in place on power-take-off shafts and other pieces of
equipment that will protect them and members of their families from
“We intend to demonstrate to these high school students how
quickly life-threatening accidents can occur,” Jackson says, “and how
they can easily be prevented by taking your time and using common sense
when driving or working on farm equipment.”
Agriculture Safety Awareness Week was created by the Farm
Bureau Safety and Health Network which is comprised of safety
professionals affiliated with 29 state Farm Bureau organizations.