Farmworker Children, Health & Safety

InteGrow Malt Field Day to Include Farm Safety

From AgWeekly.com, “InteGrow Malt Field Day to include farm safety” 19 Jul 2011.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – According to the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, there were 695 total farm-related youth fatalities on U.S. farms between 1995 and 2000 – and in 2006, an estimated 3,601 household youth were injured while performing farm work.

To address this important issue, InteGrow Malt, LLC in Idaho Falls has teamed with Farm Safety 4 Just Kids and Cargill Specialty Canola Oils to present a farm safety and health workshop at its annual Field Day event on July 22 at 5005 South 15th West.

“Agriculture is an extremely rewarding industry,” said John Zietz, barley supply chain manager of InteGrow Malt. “But it can also be a very dangerous one, which is why we chose to include farm safety at our Field Day this year.”

Safety topics addressed at the Field Day will include tractor, ATV (all-terrain vehicle), irrigation and grain safety. Demonstrations will help participants understand where hazards exist and ways to prevent injuries. Shari Burgus, Farm Safety 4 Just Kids education director, will specifically address safety concerns for children.

“The farm is the only place where the workplace and living area are one and the same,” said Burgus. “As such, children are exposed to the same hazards as their parents are in the workplace.”

Local farmers, extension leaders, fire departments, FFA groups, and employees have been invited to learn about keeping children and youth safe in rural Idaho. The group also will tour a local farm raising malting barley, talk about grain markets, and tour a plant to see how malting barley is made into finished malt.

Farm Safety 4 Just Kids was founded in 1987 by Marilyn Adams after the death of her 11-year-old son in a gravity flow grain wagon accident. The organization currently has 120 chapters across the United States and Canada and nine outreach coordinators conducting farm safety presentations. For more information visit www.fs4jk.org .

The National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety (a program of the National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Marshfield, Wisconsin) is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Source: AgWeekly.com, “InteGrow Malt Field Day to include farm safety” 19 Jul 2011.

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