Approximately 100 second graders at Miami East Elementary learned the importance of proper farm safety from the members of the Miami East FFA Chapter. Thursday, September 22 in the afternoon the students in the Agribusiness 1 and 2 classes hosted the elementary students to a day of stressing the importance of following good safety on the farm. The day was in awareness of the National Farm Safety and Health Week.
During the day, students in Ellen Donnelly, Pam Rice, Amanda Riley, and Patty Gentis’s classes learned about four aspects of farm safety. The FFA members taught stations about ATV/ lawn mower and equipment safety, grain safety, fire safety/first aide, and hand signals used on the farm.
The FFA members teaching Grain Safety station shared that in less than five seconds a child playing in a hopper wagon, used to move grain, will be swallowed by the corn or soybeans and will be unable to call for help or be removed from the hopper wagon. The high school students then followed it up with having the students remove a wooden disc at the bottom of a rope in a barrel full of 100 pounds of corn. Students were unable to remove the disc. This stressed the fact that the weight of the corn makes it virtually impossible to rescue a person in a wagon or silo that is full of grain.
“We want you to be safe and think about what is the best decision you can make,” added Corrine Melvin, a junior.
The FFA would like to thank Heritage Co-op for the use of grain, the Miami County Farm Bureau and Miami East Farmers Jim Johnson and Mark Bartel for the use of equipment, and the Pioneer Rural Electric for goodie bags for all the participants.
The Miami East FFA will now follow up with the day’s events by sponsoring a Farm Safety Poster Contest for all second graders at Miami East. This is the 7th annual Farm Safety Day. 100% of the planning and teaching was completed by the members of the Miami East Agricultural Education Department.