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Ag Day promotes farm safety, awareness (Hometown Press article)

posted May 14, 2017, 7:30 PM by Shane Ehresman

Ag Day promotes farm safety, awareness

Lynnville-Sully FFA’s annual Ag Day for L-S fifth graders was held Wednesday, May 3, in the school parking lot. The afternoon was all about informing and educating fifth graders about farm safety, new technology, and basic farm knowledge.

“Ag Day is a nice opportunity for our high school students to share their knowledge of agriculture with younger students. FFA members get to choose the topic they present on and present in small groups, so it is fun for them to plan and take ownership on a topic,” said Brian Lowry, FFA advisor and ag teacher.

Mason Dunsbergen guides Kimberlyn Stouthammer on animal vaccination, using an orange, while classmates Trevor Van Wyk, Alexa Rutherford, and Keegan DeWitt look on.

A main safety topic covered is Power Take Off (PTO) safety because a majority of farm accidents involve the PTO or implements with a PTO. Parents of FFA members let their children borrow machinery such as tractors, feed grinders, semis, and four wheelers for Ag Day.

New things at this year’s Ag Day included a presentation about the restoration of a tractor, miniature cattle, vaccinating pigs, and showing cute goats.

“Ag day is a very good way for young kids to learn more about the agricultural world. Since agriculture is a vital part of Iowa history, it is important to understand how farm equipment works and how to be safe when around it,” said senior Dylan Roozeboom.

Once the presentations finished, FFA officers held ag olympics for the fifth graders. The ag olympics is a good way to get students involved as well as have a break from learning.

Many fifth graders had positive opin-ions regarding the information presented to them by FFA members. The horse rides, dogs, and little goats were the most popular among the young students. The interactive experience of riding horses and holding the goats made the day all the more enjoyable.