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Children on the Farm

On the farm, it is always important to lead by example. Young children rely on guardians to supervise their activities to help develop an understanding of what dangers are and how to avoid them. Do you think that your children are old enough to fully understand potential dangers on the farm? Think again.

Children on the Farm

Progressive Ag Foundation Safety Days

  • Question: Most four- and five-year-old’s understand that one action leads to another, that behavior has consequences. True or false?
  • Answer: False. As children grow, they go through a series of developmental stages. While physical changes are obvious, mental and emotional changes are difficult. Preschool children are developmentally unable to clearly understand cause and affect relationships. They should be supervised carefully and be provided with safe distractions. They need physical barriers, such as fences, gates and locks to keep them away from danger. No one, especially pre-school children, should be allowed to ride on machinery.

This farm safety tip is provided by the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program.  Safety should be a part of every child’s curriculum. For information on how you can keep your child safe and healthy on the farm, ranch and at home, or to HELP US KEEP KIDS SAFE ON THE FARM, go to To view a complete list of Progressive Agriculture Safety Days taking place in 2011, visit

Thunderstorm Safety

AGCO is a proud sponsor of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation’s (PAF) Safety Day® program, including their website, (see previous post). PAF’s mission is to provide education and training to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for children and their communities. AGCO will be posting a series of mini-quizzes from PAF filled with facts on how you and your family can stay safe on the farm.

Progressive Ag Safety Day

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The first mini-quiz topic is how to stay safe during thunderstorms; one of nature’s most unpredictable and violent occurrences. Knowing what to do in the event of a thunderstorm — no matter where you are — can make all the difference when every second counts. Quiz 1:

    Question: Lightening occurs only where it is raining? True or False?

    Answer: False. Contrary to popular belief, lightening often strikes areas outside of heavy rain and can occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall. Many people also believe that “heat lightening” after a very hot summer day poses no threat. In reality, “heat lightening” is from a storm too far away for the thunder to be heard and it could be moving in your direction.

Most deaths due to lightening happen outdoors. Make sure all family members know what to do if caught outside during a thunderstorm. Here are some quick tips:

  • In an open field: find a low spot, away from trees, fences and poles.
  • If you are in the woods: take shelter under shorter trees.
  • If you have no shelter:  make yourself the smallest target by squatting low to the ground on the balls of your feet.
  • Minimize contact with the ground and place your hands on your knees with your head between them when your skin tingles or your hair stands on end.
  • If you are in a tractor or other vehicle, stay put, with your hands in your lap. Vehicles can provide better protection than lying exposed in open fields.

This farm safety tip is provided by the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program.  For information on how you can keep your child safe and healthy on the farm, ranch and at home, visit To see a complete list of Progressive Agriculture Safety Days taking place in 2011, visit

Have you discussed with your children what to do if there’s a thunderstorm?

By Shopping Cabela’s, You Can Help Keep Rural Youth Safe

At AGCO, we are very proud of our sponsorship of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation’s (PAF) website and the good work this organization does with more than 400 Progressive Agriculture Safety Days teaching  farm safety and health lessons to children. PAF is the largest program of this type reaching youth in North America, and in 2011 it will touch the lives of more than 100,000 kids and adults. The program is made possible through donations from individuals like you, as well as from many corporate and foundation sponsors.Cabela's

Cabela’s, The World’s Foremost Outfitter, has been a sponsor of Progressive Agriculture Safety Days for two years.  In 2011, Cabela’s is taking the company’s sponsorship to the next level by donating a percentage of purchases made online to the Progressive Agriculture Foundation®.

For anyone who shops Cabela’s, it’s very easy to make a purchase eligible for donation.  From anywhere in the world, just visit and click on the Cabela’s icon. Clicking there will redirect you to the Cabela’s homepage, where you can shop as you normally would. Up to 6 percent of the value of your eligible purchases will be donated to help keep rural kids safe and healthy through the lessons provided at Safety Days across North America.

Be sure to encourage anyone you know who may shop Cabela’s online to visit before shopping Cabela’s. Working together we can HELP KEEP KIDS SAFE ON THE FARM.

What is next on your list to purchase from Cabela’s?

Water Safety on the Farm

It is the first day of July and we, in the US, are getting ready for a long holiday weekend (we’ll be back to our regular posting schedule on Tuesday, July 5).  Where I am from,  Independence Day usually involves cooking out on the grill, swimming in the pool or going out on the lake and setting off fireworks after dark. Even though you may not be celebrating American 4th of  July with us in the United States this weekend, water safety is always an important topic to remember. The following blog post was submitted from Farm Safety 4 Just Kids and addresses the importance of water safety:

Water is the life blood coursing through every farm and ranch. Without it crops and livestock won’t survive. At the same time, it has the potential to put children in harm’s way. Especially in the heat of summer, considering a farm pond or watering trough may seem like a good place to cool off for kids.

Drowning deaths 3x more likely in rural areas

According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, drowning was the second leading cause of death on farms. And living in a rural area increases the likelihood of drowning by three times when compared to urban areas.

Water safety tips on the farm:

  • Supervise children at all times when near water.
  • Fence youth out of ponds and lagoons, and fence them in safe play areas.
  • Install self-closing, self-latching gates.
  • Provide personal flotation devices where swimming is allowed.
  • Create a rescue tool by attaching a flotation device to a rope or long pole, and make sure everyone knows where it’s stored.
  • Install proper safety shielding on all irrigation mechanisms.

Water is needed on the farm and ranch to survive and prosper. Stay safe and healthy by using precaution when around this life-giving element.

How do you caution children of water hazards on your farm?

Lawn Mowing Safety

Growing up on a farm, I had a lot of chores but I was lucky enough not to have to mow our grass (my dad and uncle took care of that since I was so young). I actually never even got behind a lawn mower until I was in my twenties. Even though I was an adult with a pretty good head on my shoulders, my dad still took me though a long list of tips that I needed to know in order to safely operate our lawn mower. The following blog post was submitted from Farm Safety 4 Just Kids and addresses the importance of mowing safety:

Whether you live on the farm or in the city, you know that giving kids chores teaches them valuable lessons. Mowing the yard is often one of the first responsibilities given to youth. Putting a kid behind the controls of a lawn mower is no different than putting them in the driver’s seat of a tractor or car.Lawn Mower SAfety

Even though a lawn mower is smaller in size, the potential for injury is there. As such, lawn mowers need to be treated with the same respect.

Is your child ready to tackle mowing the lawn? If you answer yes to ALL of these questions, they might be ready for the job.

  • Can the youth reach the necessary controls without moving from the seat on a riding mower?
  • Does the youth have the physical strength to push a walk-behind mower?
  • Has the youth been trained in proper operation of the mower?
  • Does the youth know safety is the top priority?
  • Has the youth observed safe lawn mowing behavior by an adult?

If your child is ready, explain the dangers of flying objects and stress the importance of wearing long pants and sturdy shoes as well as eye and ear protection.

Teach safe operating procedures:

  • Mow across slopes when using a walk behind mower.
  • Mow up and down slopes when using a riding mower.
  • Mow dry grass.
  • Never point the discharge chute at anyone.
  • Never drive or push a running mower over gravel.
  • Shut off the engine before servicing.
  • Always fill the gas tank outside of any buildings and only when the engine is cool.
  • Keep the engine free of oil spills, grass, and leaves.

For more information about lawn mower safety, visit or call 1-800-423-5437.

How old were you when you first mowed the lawn? What tips did your parents share with you?

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