Progressive Agriculture Safety Day was held at Maquoketa Valley High School on Friday, April 29th with over 150 students, teachers, adult volunteers, and FFA members in attendance.
Educational safety lessons were taught by the Maquoketa Valley FFA students to youth in kindergarten and 1st grade. ISU Extension and Outreach Delaware County along with Maquoketa Valley FFA partnered together to provide the educational safety lessons.
At this year’s Progressive Agriculture Safety Day, FFA students instructed several safety stations relevant for all youth whether they live on a farm, visit a farm, and just basic safety information important for our youth. Stations included how to make calls to 911 and gave students a chance to role play through a simulated emergency call. They learned fire safety, and practiced their stop, drop and roll. Stations on falling objects and pinch points around the yard and farm, showed the dangers that can be around and discussed safe places for youth to play. Lawn mower safety demonstrated the dangers of lawn mowers and various lawn equipment when not used properly. They also learned about seatbelts and buckling up in the car. FFA students also instructed safety stations on animals and tractors. This event is made possible each year through the generous support of our county’s commodity groups, Farm Credit Services of America, and many local businesses.
Progressive Ag is the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America. ISU Extension and Outreach Delaware County partners annually with local FFA chapters to host the program throughout the county in an effort to provide education, training, and resources to make farm life safer and healthier for children and their communities.
story courtesy of ISU Extension & Outreach Delaware County