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Palo Alto Schools Attend Progressive Agriculture Safety Day

By Staff | Oct 12, 2010

Palo Alto County first and second grade students spent a day at the Monte and Janis Thompson farm to learn about Agriculture Safety. There were 253 students with 65 volunteers and teachers at the farm. --Jane Whitmore photo

School buses from around the county pulled in to Monte and Janice Thompson’s farm in Emmetsburg for a day of fun and safety. Progressive Agricultrure Safety Day was Wednesday, Sept. 29.

Sixty-five volunteers and teachers, and 253 first and second graders from Emmetsburg, West BendMallard, Graettinger-Terrill, and Ruthven-Ayrshire schools participated.

The focus of the day was to learn how to be safe on a farm, whether you live on a farm or are just a visitor.

“Children need to know how to recognized dangers on the farm, and how to protect themselves from these situations”, commented Sharon Roberts, RN, from Palo Alto County Hospital and one of the coordinators of the camp.

The safety camp began with an hour of corn picking, a favorite of many students. After filling buckets full of ears of corn, each student took home one ear of corn and a pumpkin donated by the Thompsons. The rest of the corn picked by the students is available at Ag Partners in Emmetsburg for the community to use to feed squirrels throughout the winter.

Students were divided into four groups and rotated between six different

25-minute sessions for the rest of the day. Safety classes are changed every year so the students receive new safety information the second year they attend.

This year’s safety sessions and the instructors for the session were

Grain Safety John Bredehoeft, Ag Partners

Tractor Safety Cary Anderson , JB Mertz & Sons

  • PTO Safety Tom Winkel ,MaxYield

First Aid Sharon Roberts, Mary Johnson, Abby Hough, Candy Cribb, Cody Pertersen, Palo Alto County Health System

911 David & Debbie Olson , State Farm Insurance

Fire SafetyFrank Kliegl, Jeff Morey, Jim Carrigan, Jr. Emmetsburg Fire Dept.

The yearly event is open to all first and second grade students throughout the county through their school. A planning committee meets throughout the year to put on the event. The planning committee consists of Julie Naig, ISU, Extension; Kathy Merrill, Sharon Roberts, Abby Hough and Mary Johnson, Palo Alto County Health System; Monte Thompson; Tom Winkle, Max Yield; David Olsen, State Farm Insurance; Chad Anderson, Pioneer Seed; Aaron Kaiser, Ag Partners; and Anita Fisher, Farm Bureau.

In addition to many National and State Sponsors who support the Progressive Agriculture Safety Camps, local sponsors include:

Iowa Trust & Savings Bank, Iowa Lakes Electric, State Line Cooperative-Cylinder, Farm Bureau, POET Biorefining, AGP, Ag Partners, Farm Credit Services, Culligan Water Conditioning, Palo Alto County Health System, Monte & Janis Thompson, JB Mertz & Sons, MaxYield Cooperative, Pioneer Seeds, Subway, Fareway, Hawkeye Sow/Kerber Milling, Palo Alto County Cattlemen, and ISU Extension, Palo Alto County.