Ten Iowa youth organizations will receive funding from Iowa?s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) for a farm safety project. Since 1999, I-CASH has designated funds for Iowa youth groups to promote farm safety awareness in their local communities. The grants are awarded to the proposals that show the highest involvement by youth in the planning and carrying out of the project.
According to I-CASH director Brandi Janssen, this year was especially competitive. ?We were pleased to have 19 applicants; it?s exciting to have such interest in the grants. I just wish we could fund more projects.?
Ten groups received $500 to carry out their project. Several of the projects are Farm Safety Days that will teach elementary students about electrical hazards, livestock safety, chemical safety, ATVs, and other topics related to rural safety and health. In Washington County, the 4-H club will continue its ongoing Stay Safe, Take a Break project where 4-H members interrupt farmers harvesting in the fall to provide them with safety information and encourage them to take a break during the long harvest days. Youth groups ranging from 4-H to FFA to County Farm Bureau groups were represented.
This year?s grant recipients are: Central City FFA, Des Moines County 4-H Teen Council, Howard County 4-H, Ida County Farm Bureau, Jones County 4-H Teen Council, Mitchell County Extension, Shelby County 4-H, Washington County 4-H and Wright County Farm Bureau.
At the end of the season, grant applicants will submit a final evaluation that will again be judged by the grant selection committee. One group will be awarded the ?Outstanding Youth Grant Award,? which carries another $500 in funding and a trip to the Midwest Rural and Agricultural Safety and Health Conference (MRASH), which will be held in Council Bluffs, this November.
For more information about the Youth Grant program, go to www.i-cash.org.