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St. Ansgar FFA members Morgan Merten, Dakatah Patterson, Madison Soltau and Mark Bless discussed tractor safety with 4th grade students from St. Ansgar and Osage who participated in the Mitchell County Farm Safety Day camp held in Osage on September 20.

The University of Iowa has awarded Mitchell County Extension and Outreach with two grants totaling $1,000 to help fund the organization’s community initiatives about farm safety and health.

The grants, from Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) in the College of Public Health, are for $500 each. They encourage young people to think about agricultural safety and to understand hazards on farms by designing farm safety-related projects.

Mitchell County Extension and Outreach received one $500 grant that was one of ten I-CASH presented to youth groups around the state for agricultural health and safety initiatives. The group also received the Outstanding Youth Grant Award, worth an additional $500. The winners of the award are also invited to the annual Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference to present their project.

The 2018 award was presented for Mitchell County Extension’s educational day camp for fourth-grade students that encourages them to take safety into their own hands.

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