Chilton County FFA puts on first Farm Safety Day

Published 2:30 pm Thursday, April 19, 2012

Chilton County High School’s FFA chapter will organize its first Farm Safety Day on Saturday, May 12.

The idea came from similar days sponsored by chapters in neighboring counties, said FFA sponsor Marlon Harton.

“I thought it could be something we could bring to Chilton County,” Harton said.

The day will target students in fifth through eighth grades, but everyone is welcomed to come out and learn about a variety of topics.

Some of those topics include:

•ATV safety with Minooka Park director Gerald Arrington.

•Tractor safety with Kubota-Clanton Tractor.

•Weather safety with CBS 42 meteorologist Ted McInerney.

•Chainsaw safety with Chilton County forester Brian Smith.

•Chemical safety with Regional Extension Agent Josh Elmore.

•Farm animal safety with Jamie McConnell of Sunshine Farms.

•First aid and fire safety with the Clanton Fire Department.

•A session on tree stand safety will also be offered.

Registration for Farm Safety Day will start at 8:30 a.m. and go until 9 a.m. The program begins at 9 and lasts until noon.

During registration, attendees will be divided into groups of about 12-15 and rotate from station to station.

All the activities will take place at Chilton County High School near the softball field and practice football field. Parking will be in front of the school’s gymnasium and the grassy area near the football field.

Harton would like to thank sponsors Bucks Clothing, Chilton County Farmers Federation, Clanton Tractor and Clanton Auto Supply for their help.