Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) has worked since 1990 to enhance the health and safety of Iowa's agricultural community by establishing and coordinating prevention and education programs. Headquartered in the University of Iowa College of Public Health in Iowa City, I-CASH is a joint venture of The University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
Two of I-CASH's goals are to reduce agricultural-related injuries in farm youth by 25 percent by the year 2010, and to reduce to zero, agricultural-related deaths in youth. I-CASH is pleased to announce the following recipients for 2006 and their projects:
- AgriSafe Rural Neighbors Butler and Grundy Counties--ATV Safety for Youth. High school students will be trained in ATV safety so they can present ATV safety programs to middle school students.
- Guthrie County Extension--Safety Awareness and Farm Education Training for Youth. An all-day school enrichment program for area elementary school students will be provided.
- Jefferson County Extension--Farm Safety Day Camp. A safety day camp will be offered during the Jefferson County Fair.
- Kossuth FFA Farm Safety Chapter--Tractor Safety Certification Course. A tractor safety course will be provided for youth ages 12-15 in Kossuth and neighboring counties.
- Marion County Extension--Tractor Safety Certification Course. A tractor safety course will be provided for youth ages 13-15 in Marion and surrounding counties.
- Town & Country FS4JK- ATV/ Snowmobile Safety and Slow Moving Vehicle Awareness. Educational tools will be developed for use at area safety events in Franklin, Grundy, and Hardin counties.
- Ventura FFA--Ag. Awareness Farm Safety Display. A farm safety display will be created to educate elementary school students.
For more information about the I-CASH Agricultural Youth Injury Prevention grants, go to www.public-health.uiowa.edu/ICASH/programs/youthgrant/index.htm .
This article originally appeared on page 94 of the IC-496 (7) -- April 17, 2006 issue.