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For safety's sake: FS4JK grant deadline ahead

"We enjoy watching our boys grow up on the farm that's been in my husband's family for generations," says Jen Koenen, Hampton, Iowa. "Nothing is more important to us than doing everything we can to keep them safe."

Most farm families would echo the high value that Koenen places on the safety of her two children. But despite the best intentions of parents and grandparents, safety sometimes takes a backseat in the mad rush of planting and harvesting, or baling hay before it rains. Family finances often pose additional obstacles.

That's why Farm Safety 4 Just Kids and Successful Farming magazine formed a partnership 13 years ago to fund the Farm Family Safety Incentive Grant. The Koenens were one of 10 recipients in 2007. More than 160 families have been awarded grants of up to $250 to make their farms a safer place. A limited number of community-based farm safety grants also are available.

This year's entry deadline is Friday, September 1. To apply, send a one-page written request including your farm safety action plan, along with a cost estimate to:

Farm Safety 4 Just Kids
11304 Aurora Avenue
Urbandale, Iowa 50322
800/423-5437
www.fs4jk.org
Shari@fs4jk.org

Recipients will be selected and notified prior to National Farm Safety and Health Week (September 21-27).

Past recipients have used their grant funds for:

  • Equestrian and ATV helmets
  • Wood chips beneath play equipment
  • Fill for abandoned wells
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fencing for a play area
  • Lighting for a grain bin site
  • Danger decals for farm equipment and bins

"Often the simplest prevention efforts are the ones that make the most difference," says Shari Burgus, Farm Safety 4 Just Kids education director. "Families can prevent an injury, or even death, by making simple modifications."

"We enjoy watching our boys grow up on the farm that's been in my husband's family for generations," says Jen Koenen, Hampton, Iowa. "Nothing is more important to us than doing everything we can to keep them safe."

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