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Farm safety and research highlighted at convention

November 24, 2018 GMT

KANSAS CITY - The National Farm Medicine Center was one of many highlighted at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention in Kansas City.

Outreach Specialist Melissa Ploeckelman tells News Talk WJAG they were established in 1981 in response to occupational health problems seen in farm patients.

Ploeckelman says they’re focused on finding out what is happening and why things are happening out on the farm.

She says one portion of their research has shown them the tractor is the most dangerous place for a child to be.

“And what’s happening is so often, parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts - they’re taking the child on the tractor with them. So the child is already acting as a distraction when they’re in the work zone, but also it’s not a safe place for children to be. We started a campaign called “Bury a Tradition Not a Child.” You don’t need to take your child on the tractor to get them excited about agriculture.”


Ploeckelman says the center continues to focus its research and outreach on rural populations.

For more information go to CultivateSafety.org.