Ag Safety Day a hit with Trigg fourth graders
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
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In the interest of teaching safety around electricity, employees of Pennyrile Electric demonstrated what happens to a branch, a plush snake and a wet plush duck when it touches two electric wire, and as sparks led to a small flame and smoke, the fourth graders cheered in excitement.

About 175 fourth graders from Trigg County Intermediate School learned about farm safety and safety around electricity, as well as other kinds of safety, when they attended the Trigg County Progressive Agriculture Safety Day, held from 9 – 11 a.m. last Thursday at the farm of Bill and Cyndi Mize.

The educational event is part of Progressive Agriculture Safety Week, which is actually this week, and the school has been holding the event for at least eight years, according to Trigg County U.K. Extension Agent Janeen Tramble.

“It’s just a good day for the kids,” Tramble said. “We live in a rural area and we drive by farms all the time, but sometimes kids aren’t ever actually on a farm if they live in town. So it gives them an opportunity to be out in the country and actually see what a working farm looks like.”

The seven fourth-grade classes rotated between the seven safety stations, and they each stayed at a particular station for about 15 minutes after which the Montgomery Fire Department activated the siren on one of its fire trucks, Tramble said.

Although the emphasis is on farm safety, the safety lessons aren’t limited to tractor, grain and animal safety, said Tramble, who added that in addition to farm and electricity safety, fourth graders also learned about bicycle, all-terrain vehicle and fire safety, as there are many students that don’t live on a farm.

There were about 25 volunteers present from different groups and organizations to teach the fourth graders about safety, said Tramble.

The Montgomery Fire Department and Pennyrile Electric were present, as were Bunge Farms, a farm out of Cairo, Ill., that deals with grain, and the Cadiz Police Department, which fielded bicycle cop Scott Brown to teach children about bicycle safety.

4-H volunteers taught about ATV safety, while people from H and R Agripower taught the children about tractor safety, Tramble said, adding that a retired fourth grade teacher volunteered to talk about horse safety.

“We have the same number of stations as we have classes, it just works out best to do that,” Tramble said.

Although many students don’t live on a farm, they might visit a farm, so general farm safety, including safety around grain, tractors and large animals like horses or cattle, is still very important, according to Tramble.

In some previous years, the event was held at the dairy farm of Bruce Sanders out near Cerulean, where it was held for about three or four years, but it has been held at the Mize farm ever since, said Tramble.

The event is sponsored by Progressive Farmer Magazine, which has a foundation called the Progressive Agriculture Foundation, Tramble said.
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