Progressive Agriculture Foundation Safety Day 2017

Poster 2017

2017 Release Consent Form II






Grain Bin Event

Nelson-Griggs District Health Unit is partnering with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) and CHS / Lake Region Grain to bring a safety training to area farmers and their families on Grain Bin Safety. The event will be held Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 4 – 5 pm at the Fire Hall in Lakota, ND with supper following the training. In the event of rain, all training will be inside the building.

Instructors from NECAS, based in Peosta, IA, will teach farmers how to safely enter a grain bin. Both men have backgrounds as Firemen, Paramedics and Fire Instructors. Other topics they will be covering include lock out-tag out, harnesses, tie off points and knot tying. There will be discussion about new tools on the market that will help a farmer from not having to enter a bin. As part of the class you will be shown a grain bin rescue and the procedures that are taking place to safely remove a victim entrapped in grain. Knowing what you can do in the event of a grain bin entrapment and knowing what rescue personnel are doing is so important in our rural farming community.

Skin cancer education will also be available where you can see if your skin has been damaged by the sun. With the hot summer days, remember to apply sunscreen with a SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 30 or greater and reapply every 2 hours. Other ideas will also be covered with sunscreen samples available to participants.

CHS / Lake Region Grain is providing a free supper to participants. Pre-registration is requested by calling Nelson-Griggs District Health Unit at 701.322.5624 or emailing to reserve your spot for this event with supper following. This event is open to all area farm families and those with an interest in grain bin safety but please pre-register!

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Farm Safety Day - 2012

Area Youth Attend 16th Progressive Agriculture Safety Day in Stump Lake

51 area youth attended the annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day at Stump Lake Park in Nelson County this year. Kids were separated into 5 groups and attended ten 20 minute sessions. Chuck Larson of the McVille Fire Department blew the fire sirens to let everyone know when to move to the next station. Group escorts were Norris Bjorge, Ted Matejcek, Leo Sayler, DeAnn Schmidt, Char Messner, Lacey DeHoff, Chelsea Ellefson, Charlie Olson, Nicky Wathne, Jennifer Zacha, John Bondy, Tim Charles, Haley Klefstad and DeAnn Miller.

Kamron Matejcek and Ryan Twedt, FFA students from Lakota, along with their advisor Levi Reese presented on power tools. Kids learned to always inspect tools before using them, wear safety goggles and use safety shields when possible. They were told to wear pants and not to wear sandals. A display of power tools was at their station and kids were closely supervised as they handled and inspected the tools.

David Aaser and Brian Swenseth from High Plains Equipment, Case IH Dealership in Devils Lake, brought a tractor and showed potential dangers of the loader bucket. A demonstration was shown of the loader crushing a roll of paper towels. If the kids see a tractor bucket left in the air they were taught to go to an adult and tell them so that it can be lowered safely. Never go directly under the bucket and have only one person in a tractor because doors can pop open.

Miki Tanner-Bendickson from the Griggs County Sheriff’s Department did a presentation on Bike Helmets. She told the kids that the brain is the most important part of the body and showed them how to properly wear a helmet. Miki dropped a “helmeted” cantaloupe to show how a helmet protects a person’s head if you fall on your bike.

Animal Safety was presented by Brenda Senger, RN Nursing Student and her Great Pyrenees dog, Mountain. Mountain is a pet therapy dog and visits nursing home residents. Always ask permission to pet someone’s dog and let the dog sniff your hand first so it won’t bite your fingers. Kids practiced standing like a tree with arms crossed if a dog comes up to them unexpectedly.

Bob Bendickson from Cooperstown Implement brought his Farm Hazard display of 34 hazards. Kids had to find each hazard and talk about why it is a hazard. Some of the hazards were kids in the back of a pickup, a ladder too close to a power line, animals on the road, and a person under the loader of a tractor.

Sun Safety was presented by Kristi Berdal from the NDSU Extension-Nelson County. The kids learned skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer. Always wear a hat, sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above and avoid the sun between 10 am and 4 pm. The kids also made wrist bands of beads that changed color when exposed to the sun.

Diane Swenson, RN and farm wife did a presentation on Semi Safety. A semi was set up to show potential dangers. When driving a semi there are several blind spots, tires are prone to blow out and you cannot stop as fast as a car. A diagram with model semi and car showed the blind spot when turning and a semi traveling 40 mph would require 125 feet to stop.

Chemical Safety was presented by Jacob Haman, Rick Schmidt and Devin Sticha from Lake Region Grain. They demonstrated how to always wear goggles for eye safety and a vest so you can be easily seen. A chemical suit, gloves and mask should be worn when working with chemicals. Participants received ear plugs.

First Aid was presented by DeeAnna Entzi and Kayce Saxberg from the Cooperstown Ambulance. They explained if someone sprains their ankle it is important to stay calm, don’t move, elevate your foot and put ice on it to stop the swelling. They also told the kid to always have first aid kits in your home and car. For the hands-on activity, kids used a roll of toilet paper and ran in a relay race.

Jordan Koras, Nelson County Sheriff’s Deputy presented on Drug Awareness. They explained how people who use drugs have brain damage, rotten teeth, hallucinations and behavior and personality problems. The kids were also able to see a locked, secure drug display.


During the noon hour, half the kids enjoyed lunch while the other half explored the Nelson County Response Trailer and listened to Jordan Koras explain how it could be used. Lance Kallinen, Nelson Co. Sheriff’s Deputy showed the equipment inside the law enforcement vehicle. Noon lunch was provided by Nelson County Health System and served by Janice Moen, Donna Keisaker and Sylvia Daws. Afternoon snacks were provided by Cooperstown Medical Center.

Other volunteers helped with advertising, setting up for the event, and taking photos. Volunteers behind the scene were Kim Swenson, Scott Ferry, Neil Anderson, and Jordan Decker helping with set-up. Becky Muncy, Diana Tweed, Betty Stabenow, Jaima Curry, Karla Janke and Jill Kroke helped hang up posters. Stephanie Nelson was the photographer. Kendra Swenson and Beth Stokka also helped out during the Safety Day.

The event is sponsored by Progressive Agriculture Safety Day™ who provided T-shirts for everyone and Nelson-Griggs District Health Unit, along with major national sponsors BUNGE, Crop Production Services, Agrium, Farm Credit, John Deere, CHS, Monsanto, Pioneer and Toyota. The National Sunflower Association, Northern Canola Growers and BUNGE Canada donated to the “goodie bags”. Nodak Insurance in Lakota donated the paper products and The Buckshot Lodge in Lakota donated ice for the water jugs. Thanks to Stump Lake Park for the use of the beautiful park and moving the tables where they were needed and area newspapers which provided media advertising.

Since the development of Progressive Agriculture Safety Days in North America, the US Virgin Islands and Samoa, over 1,000,000 participants have been reached. Our thanks to all the many, many volunteers who helped in any way and the participants who attended! Watch for information for the 17th annual Safety Day in the summer of 2013!

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