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Farm Safety Symposium set for March 7

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 Safety on the road is everyone’s job, especially when one of the vehicles involved is a farm implement. That’s the message of the 21st annual Farm Safety Symposium and Louis Crosier Lecture March 7 at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, 600 College Street Road, Elizabethtown.

The event, themed “Share the Road: Saving Lives by Regarding Lights,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the RPC Auditorium.

“It’s important that farmers and motorists cooperate in order to keep our roads safe,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. “Drivers get impatient with large, slow-moving farm implements. Farmers get frustrated with drivers who don’t understand that they have to move equipment on the roads from time to time in order to make a living. With a little patience and cooperation, we can all avoid accidents and save lives.”

The Dixie Ag Safety Team, made up of area FFA members, Dixie Fire School staff, and Kentucky Department of Agriculture employees, will conduct the event. Dale Dobson, administrator of the KDA’s Farm & Home Safety Program, will serve as master of ceremonies. Speakers will include:

· Brian Alvey, director of local affairs and policy development, Kentucky Farm Bureau;

· Ronnie Day, executive director, Kentucky Fire Commission;

· Jared Newberry, public affairs officer, Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement;

· Joe Nichols and Micheal Oliver, managing partners, Seven Springs Farm of Cadiz; and

· Michael Pointer, executive director, Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services.

An Ag Safety Awareness Challenge display contest will be open to FFA chapters. First prize will be worth $200; second prize, $150; and third prize, $100. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/AgSafetyAwarenessChallenge.

The Farm Safety Symposium is part of the Dixie Fire School held annually at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.