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Youth Safety on the Farm

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In the United States, more than two million youth work in agricultural production, which is among the country’s most hazardous industries. Reducing the risk of injury or death for young people on farms is the goal of a new project aimed at developing a coordinated national approach to youth farm safety education.

Led by Dennis Murphy, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health, the Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) project will serve as a national clearinghouse for curricula, programs, activities, and expertise across the country. The two-year project is supported by a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Murphy pointed out that of the 28 ag-related fatalities that occurred in Pennsylvania in 2012, a quarter involved youth ages 19 and younger. "By creating a comprehensive and coordinated resource, we hope to reduce these kinds of tragedies on the nation’s farms and ranches and impart safety knowledge and habits that will last throughout these young people’s lifetimes," he said.

Chuck Gill