Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation
Agricultural News and Information
Greg Gibson, Coordinator
Public Relations / Multimedia
1-800-227-8244 ext. 4154
Farm Safety Week Focuses on Children in 2008
The Farm Bureau Safety and Health Network’s Agricultural Safety
Awareness Week is dedicated to farm safety education with a particular
emphasis on children. In recognition of this, Agriculture Secretary Ed
Schafer proclaimed March 2-8, as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. The
2008 theme, “Growing the Most Important Crop,” emphasizes
making farms and ranches safer for farmers, their family members, and
employees, with special emphasis on children.
In the proclamation, Schafer noted that people of all ages, but children
in particular, are at risk of injuries on the farm. He also encouraged
farmers and ranchers to learn more about preventing workplace hazards
that are unique to agriculture.
“In observance of this week, I call upon all Americans to respect
safe farm practices and to increase their understanding of agriculture
in their states and local communities,” said Schafer. “Farmers
and ranchers are vital contributors to our nation’s wellbeing, providing
high-quality food, fiber and fuel at a reasonable cost.”
Mississippi Farm Bureau President David Waide said educating adults about
reducing risks to the children in their care is critical in preventing
farm and ranch injuries and deaths.
“During Ag Safety Awareness Week and throughout the year, state
Farm Bureaus across the country are focusing on making farms and ranches
safer for farmers, their family members, and employees,” said Waide.
“Grain bins and piles are not acceptable places for children to
play. It takes just a few seconds for a person to be pulled down and under
a flowing mass of grain and be suffocated,” said Waide.
The program is part of the Farm Bureau Safety and Health Network. The
network consists of professionals affiliated with Farm Bureau that share
an interest in identifying and decreasing safety and health risks associated
with agriculture and rural life.
The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest
general farm organization with more than 227,000 member-families statewide.
There are Farm Bureaus in all 82 counties in Mississippi where agriculture
comprises a fundamental part of Mississippi’s economy. Headquartered
in Jackson, the federation is an independent, non-profit agricultural
organization and is not associated with any arm of the government. For
more information about Farm Bureau, visit our website at www.msfb.com.