Texas

Farm-related injuries--and even deaths--are all too common. Tragically, many of these occurrences involve children. Farm safety is serious business.

Texas Cooperative Extension in Denton County will offer a Farm Safety Camp on May 4 at the North Texas State Fairgrounds. Sessions will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.

"A national farm safety program was started in 1990 by Mrs. Marilyn Adams after the death of her 11-year-old son, Keith, who suffocated when he fell into a gravity flow corn wagon in Iowa," said Rebecca Parker, Texas Cooperative Extension agent for agriculture in Denton County.

"Youngsters ages 6 through 16 are invited to attend. There will be no charge for the day camp thanks to the generosity of local sponsors."

Sponsors of the event include: Denton Farm Bureau, Sonic, Kraft, Frito Lay, Wal-mart, Ozarka, County Feed & Pet Supply - Nutrena, Merial, Justin Seed Company, Rainey Farms, Lone Star Fertilizer, Paddack Fertilizer & Seed Inc., City of Denton and Mrs. Bairds.

Presentations will focus on safety practices involving these topics: Farm equipment, large and small animals, first-on-the-scene safety, grain gins, chemicals, sun, electricity, lawn mowers, guns and water, said Parker.

Participants will also receive a free T-shirt, ball caps and goodie bag.

"Let's do our part to ensure the safety of our children," said Parker. To register for the free one-day camp or for more information call (940)349-2880, METRO (972)434-8812 or e-mail r-parker@tamu.edu.

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