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Barton County Farm Bureau to hold 14th Farm Safety Day
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A lot of dangers lurk on the farm and that is why the Barton County Farm Bureau Association will host its 14th-annual Farm Safety Awareness Day Wednesday at Barton Community College.  
The day will begin with registration at 8:15 a.m. followed by a welcome in the BCC Case IH Technical training building. The first program gets under way at 9 a.m. and the day will end around 2 p.m. with door prizes.
According to Jerry Esfeld, BCFB program coordinator, the agenda includes the following topics: First on the Scene, Tractor and Equipment Safety; ATV Farm Safety; Distracted Driving (texting while driving); and a roll over demonstration by the Kansas High Way Patrol.
Barton County Farm Bureau Board Member and Farm Safety Day Chairperson Bill Berchek said the BCFB Association began Safety Day in 1999. All area juniors and seniors from area high schools involved or interested in agriculture are invited to attend the free event, as is the general public.
“Our goal has been and continues to be educating young people and adults engaged in agriculture activities about the dangers inherent in this occupation,” Bercheck said. “Many accidents and deaths can be averted with education and proper safety precautions by giving informative demonstrations by knowledgeable presenters to convey our safety message.”
He said Barton County Farm Bureau has many generous sponsors that help defray the costs of the program.  
Farm Bureau Board Members will be present to assist the invited presenters. Morning refreshments will be compliments of American AgCredit and lunch compliments of High Plains Farm Credit and Aaron Marsh.
Those wishing to participate should contact the Barton County Farm Bureau Association at 620-792-2236.