On Saturday, Sept. 16, Story County Extension hosted a Family Agricultural Safety Day at the Story County Fairgrounds in Nevada. Nearly 40 participants came to this event and many commented that they learned from these presentations and will change their practices at home or on the farm to promote safety.


Families and youth that participated in the event enjoyed learning about household chemical safety and labels, soil and water health, proper animal handling techniques, grain bin rescue, the safety features on agricultural machinery and lawn tractors, and how to safety operate a chainsaw.


Featured speakers included Arick Baker and Jesse Randall. Baker spoke over lunch about his experience being trapped in a grain bin. He explained the timeline and the procedures both him and his rescuers went through to save his life. Jesse Randall from ISU’s Forestry Extension program demonstrated how easily a chainsaw can injure a person if not using the machine correctly. Participants were shown how a pair of chainsaw chaps can be used to help stop injuries and how to properly select protective equipment.