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For Immediate Release

Agriculture Safety Awareness Week is March 7-13


Woodruff County event spotlights farm safety for students

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 serious injury.

“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.

 

Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 220,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.

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For more information contact:

Steve Eddington
steve.eddington@arfb.com
(501) 228-1383
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203

or

Ken Moore
ken.moore@arfb.com
(501) 228-1512
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203

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