Farm safety day camps scheduled at several Ohio locations

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Each year, approximately 2,000 youth across Ohio learn how to protect themselves from rural hazards through Farm Safety Day Camps, said Kathy Henwood, program coordinator for agricultural safety and health for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

The camps are a collaborative sponsorship of Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Farm Bureau, Our Ohio and the Ohio 4-H Foundation. Farm Safety Day Camps offer communities valuable lessons about farm dangers through educational sessions that focus on rural safety.

The 2011 camping season currently includes seven camps scheduled around the state.

Lessons

In Ohio, incidents are more likely to occur to children during the spring and summer months. The educational sessions help students understand why there are rules, how quickly equipment and livestock react and what to do in emergency situations.

Ohio State University Extension’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program, housed in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, is a nationally recognized center of excellence for educational Extension programming and agricultural safety and health research.

The remaining dates and locations for Farm Safety Day Camps are:

Auglaize County, May 10, Four Seasons Recreation Complex & Park. Contact Don and Lois Baumer, 419-628-3420.

Wood County, May (date to be determined), Agriculture Incubator Foundation. Contact David Little, 419-833-6014.

Morrow County, May 6, Morrow County Fairgrounds. Contact Becky Barker, 419-947-1070.

Fulton County, May 19, 4-H Camp Palmer. Contact Bill Goodson, 419-237-2247.

Stark County, June 16, Stark County Fairgrounds. Contact David Crawford, 330- 830-7700.

Monroe County, October (date to be determined), Woodsfield Elementary School. Contact Bruce Zimmer, 740-472-0810.

For more information, see http://agsafety.osu.edu/ash/programs/day_camps.html.

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