With school out, the crops growing, and livestock roaming the fields, the sight of youth working their families’ farms and at nearby operations is becoming more common. Unfortunately, so too is the risk of someone becoming hurt. Scott Heiberger is with the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety.
Heiberger says the center has developed guidebooks that emphasize many of the center’s Agricultural Youth Work Guidelines. Each of the three guidebooks focus on certain aspects of the farm.
Scott Heiberger of the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety adds that the booklets guide parents through a set of questions to determine if their children can safely and properly handle the 60 most common tasks on the farm. The guidebooks can be downloaded from the center’s website.