In a June 20, 2012, photo ten-year-old Jacob Mosbacher guides a tractor through a bean field on his grandparents' property near Fults, Ill. Agriculture organizations and federal lawmakers from farm states succeeded last spring in convincing the U.S. Labor Department to drop proposals limiting farm work by children such as Jacob, whose parents say such questions of safety involving kids should be left to parents. (AP Photo/Jim Suhr)
A significant number of young people are killed, injured, or permanently disabled on farms in the U.S. every year.
"And even though a lot of children don't live on farms, or actually work with tractors and chemicals, they know somebody who has a tractor who has a farm, who has a 4-wheeler."
So the Coffee County Young Farmers Association planned a Farm Safety Day for children ages 5 and up to learn about the hazards of ATV's, fires, snakes, plants, electricity, and lawn mowers.
"I believe that this class has taught us all a lot."
"And while there were many demonstrations and exhibits at Farm Safety Day, kids all agree that one particular part was their favorite."
"My favorite part was the snake demonstration!"
Norwood says that this is the kind of enthusiasm they were hoping for, but this day is about more than just having fun.
"As Coffee County Young Farmers our platform is to get families back to the farm, and in doing that we need children to be the main focus because they are the future."
So whether they're faced with a poisonous snake or a deadly chemical concoction, Norwood says that kids in Coffee County are now equipped with the knowledge to deal with it.
For more informaiton on agriculture in Coffee County, visit http://www.aces.edu/counties/Coffee/
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