Approximately 1.5 million children under the age of 20 live, work, or have a regular presence on farms in the United States (CDC.gov). We realize the importance of keeping those youth safe in their agricultural settings. Utilize resources to develop practices for on-the-farm safety.
This portal offers
- An educational video covering youth farm safety
- Informational charts listing:
- Age characteristics
- Key farm dangers
- Appropriate rules
- Supervision suggestions
- Access to multiple relevant resources
This portal provides a mix of resources providing education and support focusing on the safety of youth involved in the agriculture industry. This portal is appropriate for anyone interested in learning more about the topic.
Listen to Dr. Amy Johnson as she speaks on the topic of farm safety for kids. Dr. Johnson covers common farm injuries, how to prevent them, and resources to use.
Dr. Amy Johnson grew up in Highland County, VA on a beef cattle and sheep farm. She has been in 4-H since she was seven. Her projects included Livestock, Public Speaking, Presentations, Share the Fun, Livestock Judging, and 4-H Camp. Later, she served on State 4-H Cabinet 2 years as District Ambassador and State Secretary. She also attended National 4-H Congress, National 4-H Conference, Canadian National 4-H Conference as a US Delegate, competed on the State 4-H Livestock Judging Team and was 7th Individual Overall at the National Contest in 1997. In high school, was also active in FFA – served as multiple chapter officer positions.
Her degrees include Bachelor of Science in Animal Science (Virginia Tech), Associate Degree in Emergency Health Services and Associate Degree of Nursing (Jefferson College of Health Sciences), and Bachelor of Nursing and Doctorate in Nursing Practice (Radford University). Amy has also complete graduate research in farm safety and prevention of agricultural injuries and regularly speaks to agricultural and public interest groups about rural health, agricultural safety, and preventative medicine on the farm.
Amy currently lives in Bedford working as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Centra Medical Group, and volunteers as adult 4-H leader with Bedford County. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Moneta Rescue Squad as Medical Advisor, is President Elect for Lynchburg Region of Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, is the Chairman of Bedford County Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee, and is a member of the Board of Directors for Bedford County Farm Bureau. She is also serves as Clinical Advisor at Old Dominion University, where she serves as preceptor for nurse practitioner students from multiple colleges and universities.
- Further Reading
Vanderbilt Health - Keeping children safe on the farm - blog article
Iowa State Extension - Farm Safety for Young Children
National Ag Safety Database - Charts on youth development as it relates to farm hazards and appropriate expectations
UVM Extension - Youth farm safety resources by category
National Safety Council - Child Safety on the Farm
The Childhood Agricultural Safety Network (CASN) is a coalition of organizations that work together to help keep children safe on the farm
CultivateSafety.org - Cultivating safety on the farm through online tools
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