Farm Safety Day camps

Spring has officially arrived and as planting season approaches, Ohio State Farm Safety Day camps will help rural youth learn the value of on-farm safety.

“Children tend to be curious by nature and often are unsuspecting of lurking danger,” said Kathy Henwood, agricultural safety and health program coordinator for the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “These are two characteristics that can cause harm to young people on farms, whether they live there or are visitors, and in Ohio, incidents are more likely to occur to children during the spring and summer months.”

The day camps offer lessons about farm dangers with a focus on rural safety. Beginning April 12, seven Ohio locations will host the workshops:

* April 12-13: Putnam County, Ruth Gerding Farm. Contact Joan Kline, 419-523-5608.

* May 6: Morrow County Fairgrounds. Contact Becky Barker, 419-947-1070.

* May 10: Auglaize County, Four Seasons Recreation Complex & Park. Contact Don and Lois Baumer, 419-628-3420.

* May 19: Fulton County, 4-H Camp Palmer. Contact Bill Goodson, 419-237-2247.

* June 16: Stark County Fairgrounds. Contact David Crawford, 330-830-7700.

Wood County will host a day camp on a yet-to-be determined date in May. Contact David Little at 419-833-6014. Monroe County’s camp will take place in October. Call Bruce Zimmer at 740-472-0810.

The educational sessions help students understand why there are rules, how quickly equipment and livestock react, and what to do in emergency situations.

The camps are sponsored by Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Farm Bureau, Our Ohio and the Ohio 4-H Foundation.

For more information, visit http://agsafety.osu.edu/ash/programs/day_camps.html.

Ohio State University Extension’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program, housed in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE), is a nationally recognized center of excellence for educational Extension programming and agricultural safety and health research.

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