Foundation engages youth in farm safety education
October 27, 2021 By Meghan Grebner Filed Under: Beef, Crops, Human Interest, Livestock, News, Pork
A foundation is working to prevent farming accidents by actively engaging youth in farm safety education.
The Kaden Kares Foundation was launched after 13-year-old Kaden Wall was killed in a farming accident last year. “Kaden was in the wrong place, at the wrong time, while handling farm equipment.”
Patrick Wall, president of the Foundation, says there is plenty of information about farm safety for youth to read. “But, there’s nothing really that actively engaged them in participating them in farm safety,” he says. “Most kids who are old enough to drive a tractor, have a smartphone now. And some of them have access to social media. So the idea entered my head to marry them together.”
He tells Brownfield the foundation has launched a video competition that is encouraging ag youth to share lessons in farm safety. “Not only to the kids who did the video learn about farm safety, everyone who watches those videos online learns too,” he says. “The long-term initiative is a groundswell of farm safety. And in the spirit of competition giving a little money away to those who are really good at it.”
Wall says they’re featured at the Safety in Agriculture for Youth booth on the trade show floor at this week’s National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.
The Kaden Kares Foundation is giving away $10,000 in prize money for the competition. Video entries must be less than 5 minutes in length and must be submitted by midnight on November 30, 2021.
AUDIO: Patrick Wall, Kaden Kares Foundation
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