Keeping children safe outdoors and in was the focus of the Progressive Agricultural Safety Days held at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds Thursday and Friday.
It’s the 20th year that the Chaves County Extension Service has coordinated the educational program for third-graders throughout the county. Extension Agent Andrea Stapp said about 1,000 youth from all public school districts and from All Saints Catholic School and Gateway Christian Academy participated.
Earlier in the week, the Extension Service provided information to fourth-graders about how their food and fibers are produced and about natural resources at the annual Kids & Kows & More field trips at the fairgrounds.
The Agricultural Safety Day is part of a nationwide effort started in 1990 by Progressive Farmer magazine that has involved more than 1.74 million students and teachers. The Chaves County event, one of the longer running and largest ones, included demonstrations and presentations on food safety, water safety, all-terrain vehicle safety, fire safety, firearm safety and chemical safety. Instructors included crews from the Roswell Fire Department, Xcel Energy, the New Mexico Game and Fish Department and the New Mexico State Parks Department.