A Progressive Agriculture Safety Day for children ages 6 to 13 and a Family Farm Safety Day for ages 14-99 is being planned for Saturday, May 4 at the Carroll County Fairgrounds in Milledgeville from 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. The event is being conducted by the Carroll County Farm Bureau Quality of Life Action Team in conjunction with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation. Children often see farm and livestock operations as exciting playgrounds – providing endless hours of fun and adventure. However, these facilities and the livestock and equipment on them also can set the stage for tragedy. The Action Team is looking to educate the youth along with parents on the hazards that exist on the farm.
Hands-on demonstrations teach participants lifesaving first aid techniques and reveal the hidden hazards of farm surroundings. Demonstrations focus on farm hazards associated with electricity, fire, grain safety, first aid, bicycle safety, and more. We will also be offering a free CPR class for parents to attend while their children partake in the safety day.
Parents can obtain more information about registering their children to participate in the safety day by calling the Carroll County Farm Bureau at 815-244-3001 or printing a registration form off our website at www.carrollcfb.org. Registrations must be received by April 22. There is a fee of $5 per child or $15 per family. Cost covers the t-shirt, goodie bag, and one free first aid kit per family which is provided by a grant from the Illinois Farm Bureau and COUNTRY Financial.
This month wraps up an Education ACTION TEAM project, a bus billboard message that reminds people that agriculture is a bright spot during these tough employment times. The billboard is accompanied by a website that shows job seekers how to get started in any of the 300 careers found in agriculture.
Encouraging job creation has long been a policy of Illinois Farm Bureau. In fact, policy #102, Business Climate in Illinois, stresses our emphasis on improving the employment atmosphere of our state:
To regain a prosperous climate in Illinois in which to live and work, we will support legislation to:
1. Moderate the increasing cost of unemployment compensation.
2. Reduce costs involved in providing Worker’s Compensation benefits.
3. Repeal the prevailing wage laws relating to public works projects. Failing to repeal, we will support legislation to reduce the burden of the prevailing wage on public bodies outside of major metropolitan areas.
4. Bring Illinois’ minimum wage law in line with federal minimum wage law.
1. The creation of a state or local tax on any financial transaction, including a tax on any commodity, currency, or securities.
2. Efforts to incorporate into law the doctrine of “comparable worth” as it relates to compensation levels for various types of jobs.
Bus billboard messages and website information on careers in agriculture are just a part of the ongoing effort put forth by Farm Bureau to strengthen and improve the job situation in Illinois. Visit www.ilfb.org/policy to learn more about your organization’s policy.
Farm Bureau Classifieds
Carroll County Farm Bureau members can place up to two (2) free classified ads per week, with a limit of 250 characters per ad (not including spaces). Ads are limited to personal or farm items for sale/wanted to buy, or farm labor or services available or wanted. No ads for the sale or rental of real estate, garage sales, or commercial businesses will be accepted. To place an ad, call the Farm Bureau office at 815- 244-3001 by noon Friday to get your ad in the following week’s paper.
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