Furnishing food and first aid kits

Saturday, September 22, 2012
Clay Central-Everly FFA officers serve lunch to one of the estimated 130 farmers who attended their Feed the Farmers Day fundraiser on Friday at the Green Plains Grain offices in Everly. The group is planning a similar event for Oct. 1 in Royal. (Photo by Gabe Licht)

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.

Ty Schoelerman, of the Clay County Countrymen 4-H club, hands a first aid kit to Dana Galm. The club received a $500 grant from Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, as well as $50 in supplies from Spencer Hospital, to assemble and distribute 30 kits to area farmers. (Photo by Gabe Licht)

"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.

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  • What are they doing for all the people that have lost their jobs--seems to me the farmers can go to Wal mart and buy their own first aid kits.

    -- Posted by iowagirl on Sat, Sep 22, 2012, at 12:58 PM
  • I agree!! with iowagirl

    -- Posted by windchimes3 on Sat, Sep 22, 2012, at 8:47 PM
  • So you want a 4-H club to help people who lost their jobs? They use grant money from I-CASH to build first aid kits for area farmers. I-CASH stands for Iowa Center for Safety and Health. This is an organization that is trying to reduce agricultural injuries and death to our youth. Seems like a good goal for this 4H club to do for our area farmers.

    Do you read and comprehend the article before you post?

    -- Posted by retiredarmysarge on Sun, Sep 23, 2012, at 9:38 AM
  • I agree with retiredarmysarge....read the article closer.

    -- Posted by mgu42 on Sun, Sep 23, 2012, at 5:27 PM
  • I agree with the last two posters. This is clearly exactly the type of thing local 4-H members should be doing, not only to learn about farm safety, but to meet and socialize with different members of the local farm community they may otherwise not come into contact with, while also being a reminder to those farmers to think about safety, since most of them do their jobs so well it has become second nature to them.

    Plus, as the article clearly stated, they're accepting grain donations. If anyone knows how generous and giving the farmers of this area are, they'd know this organization will easily cover expenses and then some with the donations they're likely to receive.

    -- Posted by jlees on Mon, Sep 24, 2012, at 10:47 AM
  • all the local FFA groups also hand out food packages or sack lunches at local elevators each fall.bringing crops in is tiring and dangerous work.if you like to eat you should not complain about some local clubs and kids trying to make ag safer.there have been several fatalities already this year unfortunately.agriculture,forestry, mining,and fishing are the most dangerous jobs out there.farmers work some long hours this time of years and so do livestock farmers who do both harvesting and chores each day.as far as the two complainers,you surely cannot be so petty as to begrudge kids organizing and handing out a few first aid kits can you ?

    -- Posted by big12cc on Tue, Sep 25, 2012, at 12:00 PM
  • iowagirl and windchime3- an agriculture group is helping agriculture workers. How does this not make sense to you? If you are concerned about others in the community, how about you organize an event to help them instead of complaining online? Seems a lot more proactive and productive to me...

    -- Posted by notinia on Sat, Sep 29, 2012, at 8:24 AM
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