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Chase County Progressive Agriculture Safety Day registration underway PDF Print E-mail
Written by Russ Pankonin, The Imperial Republican   
    After waiting for two years to be selected, the Chase County All-Stars 4-H Club will bring the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day to Imperial, Neb. Saturday, June 13.
    Chris Tomky, coordinator for the event, said the 4-H club has awaited their selection for at least two years. She said they are excited to finally be selected and to be able to bring such a wonderful event to the area.
    The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day is for children ages 6-14. It will be held at the Chase County fairgrounds in Imperial, Neb. from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    The event will be conducted by the Chase County All-Stars 4-H Club in conjunction with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation.

Farm and ranch safety

    Each year, many children are killed or injured on America’s farms and ranches.
    Tomky said children often see farm and livestock operations as exciting playgrounds, providing endless hours of fun and adventure. But these facilities, livestock and equipment can set the stage for tragedy.
    During the safety day, children participate in interactive activities that reinforce the importance of taking responsibility for their own safety, respecting parents’ safety rules and sharing safety tips with their family and friends.
    Hands-on demonstrations teach participants lifesaving choices and reveal the hidden hazards of agricultural surroundings.
    Demonstrations will focus on the hazards associated with: ATV’s, PTO’s, electricity, seat belts, fire, chemicals, large animals, meth labs, grain and lawn mowers.
    Many exciting surprises and lessons are planned for children attending the first ever Chase County Progressive Agriculture Safety Day, Tomky said.
    The safety day set for Imperial is one of more than 385 held in locations across the U.S, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa to teach rural children how to prevent injuries and reduce the risk of agricultural incidents.  
    Sponsors of the safety days hope participants will maintain a healthy respect for agricultural hazards throughout their lives, and that, ultimately, the numbers of deaths and injuries among rural children will decline.
    Progressive Agriculture Safety Days are sponsored worldwide by: Bunge, Toyota, Tractor Supply Co, Agrium, The Farm Credit System Foundation, John Deere, Kawasaki, Case IH, Monsanto, Pioneer, Shell Lubricants and State Farm.
    Along with these corporate sponsors, the Chase County All-Stars will be seeking out sponsors to help fund the Safety Day in June.  
    While the cost of such an event is significant, Tomky said the 4-H club is hopeful the support of area businesses, families and organizations will surpass the needed funds in order to have a successful day.  
    In addition to fundraising, the club is also looking for any safety-related items that could be donated for the children’s take-home bags.  
    Anyone interested in assisting in any way with the June 13 safety day can contact Tomky at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 308-882-4145, Lisa Schilke at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 308-882-5709, the Extension office or a member of the Chase County All-Stars 4-H Club.

Registration runs through May 1
    Parents can register their children anytime before the May 1 deadline.
    Registration forms have been sent to area schools or can be obtained by contacting Tomky or Schilke.
    Space for the safety day is limited and late registrations cannot be guaranteed a t-shirt or take-home bag.   
    The registration fee for the day will include a t-shirt, lunch, snacks and take-home bag.