With harvest time approaching, farmers want to remind the public of agriculture-related dangers.
To help with that, farmers and others have organized a Farm Safety Awareness Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Morgan County Fairgrounds.
“The purpose of this free event is to make the general public aware of the many dangers and hazards that agricultural communities have,” said Steve Cantrell, one of the organizers. Cantrell is a lifetime member of the FFA Alumni Association and the Jacksonville Dream Center Foundation, which is one of the event’s sponsors.
Farm Safety Awareness Day will feature interactive learning through a combine cab simulator.
“You’ll be sitting in the combine and active screens will put you in the driver’s seat in the field,” Cantrell said.
There will also be a Global Positioning System simulator that will show visitors how GPS technology helps farmers conserve energy and resources.
In the Food & Farm Discovery Zone, people will have the opportunity to milk Bessie, a fiberglass dairy cow.
The event will also feature demonstrations of the South Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department’s grain bin rescue tube, a grain bin safety harness and chainsaw, power take-off and hunting stand safety. In addition, North Greene FFA members will show how to properly care for livestock in adverse weather conditions, Jacksonville firefighters will talk and answer questions about emergency situations, and farmers Gary Hadden and Mark Jackson will speak about how to safely move farm equipment.
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