Furnishing food and first aid kits
A little bit of cash can go a long way. In the case of the Clay County Countrymen 4-H Club, a $500 I-CASH grant, plus $50 in supplies from Spencer Hospital, was turned into 30 first aid kits for area farmers to keep in their tractors and combines.
I-CASH stands for Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health. The goals of I-CASH are "to reduce agricultural-related injuries in farm youth by 25 percent and to reduce to zero, agricultural-related deaths in youth."
The funding allowed club member Ty Schoelerman to present information about first aid to fellow youth during Farm Safety Day in May at the Clay County Fairgrounds.
"It was a teaching youth grant," club leader Denice Schoelerman said.
On Friday, the club provided the kits to area farmers who attended Clay Central-Everly FFA's Feed the Farmers Day at the Green Plains Grain offices in Everly.
The kits include a large garbage bag, a quart-size bag, numerous bandage types and sizes, six compression bandages, elastic bandages, gauze pads, an instant cold compress, hermitage tape and scissors.
Spencer Hospital provided 500 milliliters of sterile water and buckets to hold the first aid contents.
Denice Schoelerman estimated each container to be worth at least $20, but the value could be life-saving.
"I thought this would be useful and practical as a large number of our members live on farms," she said. "(Iowa State University) Extension sent me a link to the grant. Since I had experience with this, I knew it was something we could do to help the community. It was well-received."
The food served by the FFA officers was also popular, with about 130 individuals served. A similar event is planned for Oct. 1 in Royal.
In addition to the Feed the Farmers Day fundraiser, FFA is also conducting a grain drive.
"People can donate grain to us and we're using that to cover our expenses to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis," CC-E FFA Advisor Betsy Schoelerman said.