Working safely on the farm

A new session offered at 4-H Exploration Days helps prepare 11-to-14-year-old youth to explore and work safely in agriculture.

The food and agriculture industry employs 22 percent of Michigan’s workers. This time of year, many young people seek summer job opportunities and it is likely that some of them may find themselves working in and around agriculture. Jobs in the industry can be rewarding yet risky, so learning safe work practices are important.

Working Safely on the Farm is a new career preparation session being offered at Michigan State University Extension’s 4-H Exploration Days event. 4-H Exploration Days is one of MSU’s pre-college programs and takes place on the East Lansing, Michigan, campus each June for youth age 11 to 19. We have specifically targeted Working Safely on the Farm to 11-14-year-olds in hopes of inspiring them to explore future opportunities in agriculture.

In this session, participants will learn about the breadth and diversity of the agriculture industry along with increasing their awareness of some of the job and career opportunities. An energetic and dedicated group of volunteers will help participants learn to recognize common hazards, prevent accidents and respond to emergency situations in and around farms. Interactive and hands-on lessons will be combined with a fieldtrip to the MSU Agronomy Farm.

MSU Extension and Michigan 4-H Youth Development help to prepare young people for successful futures. As a result of career exploration and workforce preparation activities, thousands of Michigan youth are better equipped to make important decisions about their professional future, ready to contribute to the workforce and able to take fiscal responsibility in their personal lives. To learn about the positive impact of Michigan 4-H youth career preparation, money management and entrepreneurship programs, read the 2016 Impact Report: “Preparing Michigan Youth for Future Employment.”

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