CHERRYFIELD, Maine — Cherryfield Foods, Inc. and Maine Wild Blueberry, in conjunction with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation, will conduct a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day™ for children in the fourth-grade classes at Cherryfield Elementary School and SAD 37, which includes Addison, Harrington and Milbridge 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at Cherryfield Foods farm on Ridge Road in Cherryfield.
Children often see farm operations as exciting playgrounds-providing hours of fun and adventure. But these facilities and equipment on them also can set the stage for tragedy. Each year, many children are killed or injured on America’s farms. Teaching children how to take some of the responsibility for their own safety on the farm will be the focus of this upcoming safety day.
Through hands-on activities, safety day participants will learn how to prevent farm incidents and how to reduce the extent of injuries if incidents do occur. Scheduled speakers and interactive demonstrations will reinforce the importance of children taking responsibility for their own safety, respecting parents’ safety rules, and sharing safety tips with their family and friends. Demonstrations planned for the safety day include a dog search and rescue presentation by Maine Warden Service and Maine Search and Rescue K9 teams, the Jonesport station of the U.S. Coast Guard with a water safety program and demonstrations covering bee safety, chemical safety, power take-off safety, weather and fire safety with a representative from the Maine State Fire Marshal’s office.
International, state and local sponsors of these safety days hope participants will maintain a healthy respect for farm hazards throughout their lives, and that, ultimately, the numbers of deaths and injuries among rural children will decline. Progressive Agriculture Safety Days™ are sponsored by North American sponsors John Deere, Monsanto, CHS, Crop Production Services, Bunge, Pioneer, Agrium and Farm Credit, and local sponsors include Machias Savings Bank, Camden National Bank, Quirk Auto Group, Theriault’s Equipment, and Northeast Agricultural Sales. In addition, the Cherryfield Fire and Ambulance Departments will have equipment and personnel helping out with the day.