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News Release

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Christian County 5th Graders Learn About Ag Safety

      University of Illinois Extension 4-H hosted nearly 320 5th graders at the Christian County Ag Safety Day.  The event took place on Thursday September 29th  and was held at the Christian County Fairgrounds in Taylorville.  Students from Central A&M, South Fork (Kincaid), Taylorville Jr. High, St. Mary’s, Vision Way and Edinburg participated in the program.  

     Student rotated to 8 different stations throughout the day, each covering a different safety related topic. Those presentations included: Electricity Safety – presented by Shelby County Electric, Roger Jones; Fire Safety – presented by Taylorville Fire Department, Captain Bob Dunn; Tractor/PTO/Auger – presented by Christian County Seeds, Darrick Fleming; Gun Safety – Taylorville Police Department, Gary Jones; Mower Safety - presented by University of Illinois Extension, Gary Letterly; Water Safety – presented by Christian County YMCA, Melissa Brookens; Chemical Safety – presented by Christian County FS Jerry Sutton; and Grain Bin & PTO Safety – presented by Farm Service Agency, Dustin Cruit & Monstanto – Stonington, Megan Lutz.

     Alicia Gullidge, 4-H and Youth Development Coordinator for the University of Illinois Extension, had this to say about the event, “If a kid leaves today knowing that they need to stay away from the PTO shaft or tells a parent to keep distance from the farm equipment when driving; if a kid knows not to wear flip flops out by a mower; if a kid can tell the difference between chemicals and how they can be harmful; if a kid knows to stop at a corn corner in the summer, that is a success story.  Our goal is to try to educate kids about farm safety so that accidents can be avoided.”

     Darrick Fleming from Christian County Seeds, who presented a program on auger safety said, “The most important message I have to give these children is to always, always no matter your age, respect the equipment.  I am over 40 years old and just last spring had an accident with an auger.  I really believed that at my age I understood safety; however you can never be too cautious.  You can never be a certain age and think it doesn't apply to you, so my message today is always respect the equipment.”

     The event was coordinated by Alicia Gullidge, Christian County 4-H & Youth Development Program Coordinator and Gary Letterly, U of I Extension Energy and Environmental Stewardship Educator.  Extension wishes to thank Sloan’s for providing a mower and tractor used during the demonstrations and Central A&M FFA for volunteering. For more information about this program or 4-H please contact Alicia Gullidge at the Christian County Extension office by calling 217-287-7246 or email

     University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office. Universidad de Illinois ofrece igualdad de oportunidades en programas y empleo. Si usted necesita un ajuste razonable para participar en este programa, por favor póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina.


PHOTO CAPTION: Darrick Fleming of Christian County Seeds fields questions from students about PTO, Auger & Wagon Safety.

Local Contact: Alicia Gullidge, Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development,