Progressive Ag Farm Safety Day slated for June 22

For many children, the rural neighborhood, small town, or ranch is a home, a playground and a place where they do chores. Teaching them to take some of the responsibility for their own safety at home and in their neighborhoods is the subject of the eighth bi-annual Big Country Progressive Agriculture Safety Day, which will be held June 22, 2012, at the Big Country Hall located on grounds of the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene. Youth who have completed third through ninth grade are invited to participate in this day-long activity sponsored by many local organizations, businesses and agencies in conjunction with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation. Older youth are welcome to participate and/or assist with the activities.Progressive Agriculture Foundation is committed to providing education to help youth and their families avoid tragic accidents. At the heart of this effort is the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program, formerly known as the Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Day Camp® program. Founded by The Progressive Farmer magazine in 1995, the program trains and provides the resources that local communities need to conduct one-day safety programs that are age-appropriate, hands-on, fun, and safe for children. Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® are conducted in the United States, Canada and the U.S. territories. 415 Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® are planned in 36 states, nine Canadian Provinces, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. These Safety Days could reach 80,000 participants with the help of 18,000 adult and older teen volunteers.The Big Country Safety Day will focus on safety-related practices involving fire, electricity, snakes, weather, train, airsoft guns, drugs, internet, grain auger/PTO and passenger safety. Hands-on activities, lecture, and demonstrations will provide youth with information that will reinforce the importance of taking responsibility for their own safety, respecting parents’ safety rules and sharing safety tips with their family and friends.Parents may register their children by calling the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Taylor County – 325-672-6048; Callahan County – 325-854-5835; Coleman County – 325-625-4519; Fisher County – 325-776-3259; Jones County – 325-823-2432; Nolan County – 325-235-3184; or Shackelford County – 325-762-2232 Ext. 7. A $5 registration (maximum of $15 per family) fee for the event covers lunch, snacks, a take-home bag and a Safety Day t-shirt.For more information contact Martha Alice Spraberry at 325-672-6048 or by e-mail at Martha Alice Spraberry serves as County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences with Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Taylor County.Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin. Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodation in order to participate should indicate this need at the time of pre-registration.