You’re a “Parent first, Farmer second.” That is the message of a national campaign to keep children safe while they work and play on farms. The website (http://cultivatesafety.org) provides one-stop shopping for parents, and includes easy-to-use information about child development and best-practice work guidelines.
Although farm injuries and deaths are tragic, much can be done to prevent them said Barbara Lee, Ph.D., director of the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety. “It starts with getting the right information to the right people at the right time so they are motivated to take action.”
It didn’t take long for Josh Meissner to join the campaign. The Chili, Wis., dairy producer is pictured in one of the ads. “The campaign’s message puts things in perspective,” Meissner said. ”No matter how important the farm is to our way of life, it is never worth the life of a child.”
Meissner said he’s gotten positive feedback on the campaign. “Everyone seems to love it,” he said. “Most say, ‘Parent first, farmer second,’ is a very cool message, and it’s something I can identify with.
“As farms grow, change and get busier, there comes an increased responsibility for the safety of our families and employee’s families.”