Reducing the risk of injury or death agriculture production related hazards is the goal of a new project aimed at developing a coordinated national approach to youth farm safety education.
The Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) Project will serve as an umbrella for curricula, programs, activities, and expertise across the country, with an eye toward increasing safety and health knowledge and reducing hazard and risk exposure to youth on farms and ranches. The two-year project, led by Penn State, is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
This national clearinghouse of resources will be located at extension.org in conjunction with the Ag Safety and Health Community of Practice. One component of the project is a proof-of-concept 3D farm safety virtual learning environment, developed by Mark Purschwitz of University of Kentucky and LuAnn Phillips, eXtension’s virtual reality specialist.
Read the SAY quarterly report available at http://www.extension.org/sites/default/files/June%202014%20SAY%20Quarterly%20Report.pdf