West Carroll FFA students learn all about safety

Fifty-eight West Carroll FFA freshmen and sophomore agriculture students attended the “Fall Harvest Safety Days” camp on Sept. 18 at the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) on the campus of Northeast Iowa Community College, Peosta, Iowa.

The students were divided into groups and trained on the topics of “Skid Steer Loader Safety”, “Farm Combines & Auger Safety”, “Grain Safety”, and “Anhydrous Ammonia Safety”.

A lunch provided by NECAS included hot dogs, potato chips, cookies, ice cream and milk.

Presenters at the camp included Paul Mausser on “Farm Combines and Auger Safety”; Brad Kruse and Phil Arensdorf on “Grain Safety”; and Dan Neenan and Thatcher Block on “Anhydrous Ammonia Safety”.

The session on “Skid Steer Loader Safe Operation” was presented by Dan Neenan and Brad Kruse to the whole group first thing in the morning.

Unfortunately, agriculture continues to rank as one of the most dangerous occupations in North America and across the globe, the National Safety Council will put the spotlight on farming, ranching and the related health and safety issues.

There were 581 deaths last year related to agriculture. National Farm Safety Week was Sept. 15-21.

Fred Tipton and West Carroll FFA advisor Don Mathey chaperoned the trip.