Anyone who grew up on a farm will tell you that the rural life can have pleasures aplenty. The wonders of nature are close at hand. The clean air and exhausting but exhilarating work in the great outdoors become treasured memories as farm kids grow older - especially so, perhaps, when they depart rural life for a more urban setting.
Farms can also be dangerous places for young folks if safety isn't given a high priority.
According to the National Safety Council, just over a million kids and older youths "live, work and play on our nation's farms and ranches.'" The NSC notes that a half million more are involved in migrant farming.
Sadly, each year thousands of young folks are injured and too many die as a result of dangers present in their idyllic but risky surroundings.
Keeping the young ones safe should be a top concern for farm families.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has issued what it characterizes as the "Top 10 Farm Safety Tips for Kids." Most of them are common sense, but with summer at hand and activity picking up on Iowa's farms, this is a good time to resolve to heed these important safety admonitions from the PDA:
Summer can be a wonderful time for forging lasting childhood memories in rural America. The vast majority of tragedies that befall young people on farms can be avoided with a little caution and care.
Keep the kids safe as we all enjoy the glories of summer in farm country.