Farm Safety Awareness Day takes place tomorrow

By Ryne Turke on August 22 at 1:02pm

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Farm Safety Awareness Day is coming to the Morgan County Fairgrounds tomorrow to give West Central Illinoisans some tips and information on farm safety on and off the road.

Steve Cantrell, who was given the agriculture education advocacy award from the Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education, explains why this event is being held in Morgan County.

“This came together because it is the time of year to be aware of the roads and on and off road usage and accidents,” says Cantrell.

“We are trying to cut down on the number of incidents we have and want to make everyone aware. We got together with several people at the farm beaura: Elmo, Brant, Syngenta and FS.”

Those in attendance will learn how to protect themselves and others, what the circle of safety is, what to do in an accident or emergency and much more.

Jenifer Walters, the FFA agriculture educator of 63 schools in West Central Illinois’ District 3, is excited to be a part of this event because the FFA chapters in the area are extremely strong.

“The programs here in West Central Illinois continue to grow,” says Walters.

“This year we are just getting back to school and we are excited to be doing chapter visits in schools, seeing what is going on in the programs and what they are able to do. In this area we are doing officer visits from the state FFA officers out of Springfield. Our schools are doing a lot of community service activities. You are going to be seeing that more and more, representing the FFA.”

Cantrell noted the event is a great networking source for anyone looking for jobs in the agricultural field.

Everyone is welcome to attend the event, which will also feature a petting zoo from the North Greene FFA. The event runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.