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Each year across the United States, more than 100 children die and about24,000 experience a serious injury associated with farming. During the pastdecade, 36 Ohio youth died in an agricultural-related incident. Those arestatistics that Ohio State University Extension's Agricultural Safety andHealth Program is trying to change, in part by sponsoring annual farm safetyday camps.In the past 11 years, more than 15,000 youth have participated in anOhio farm safety day camp. These camps have been sponsored by OSU Extension,the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio 4-H Foundation and The Nationwide Foundation,with "Our Ohio" joining the effort this year. Farm Safety Round-Ups offereducational sessions that focus on rural safety. An estimated 3,000 youthare expected to attend this year's camp events in communities throughoutOhio between April and October."Everyone in the community can benefit from a farm safety day campexperience," said Dee Jepsen, OSU Extension's safety leader. "Rural injuriescan occur to anyone, not just farm kids."OSU Extension's Agricultural Safety and Health Program, housed in theDepartment of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, is a nationallyrecognized center of excellence for educational Extension programming andagricultural safety and health research. In addition to traditionalagricultural safety issues, other program areas include Amish buggy safety,disaster education and sun safety. For more information regarding the FarmSafety Round-Up program, see its Web site athttp://www.ag.ohio-state.edu/~agsafety/ash/programs/day_camps.html .This year's Farm Safety Camp program will be held in:* Putnam County, April 15 and 16, at the Ruth Gerding Farm. Contact RuthGerding, (419) 523-5608 or rgerding@hotmail.com.* Ross County, May 15, at the Ross County Fairgrounds. Contact DavidMangione, (740) 702-3200 or mangione.1@osu.edu.* Morrow County, in May, at the Morrow County Fairgrounds. Date to bedetermined. Contact Becky Barker, (419) 947-1070 or barker.157@osu.edu.* Wood County, in May, at the Agriculture Incubator Foundation. Date tobe determined. Contact David Little, (419) 833-6014 ordlittle@eastwood.k12.oh.us.* Belmont County, Sept. 26. Location to be determined. Contact StephenSchumacker, (740) 695-1455 or schumacher.1@osu.edu.* Monroe County, in September at Beallsville Elementary School. Date tobe determined. Contact Bruce Zimmer, (740) 472-0810 orzimmer2@postoffice.ag.ohio-state.edu.  

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