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University of Iowa News Release

May 9, 2006

Groups Receive I-CASH Youth Grants

Seven Iowa community organizations have been chosen as recipients of Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) 2006 youth grant program.

Since its inception in 1990, I-CASH has designated funds each year for communities to develop farm injury prevention and education programs aimed at decreasing the risk of illness and injury to young people living and working on Iowa farms. This year, $5,000 was awarded.

Following are this year's grant recipients, including a brief description of each project:

-- AgriSafe Rural Neighbors Butler and Grundy Counties, "ATV Safety for Youth." High School students will receive training in ATV (all-terrain vehicle) safety so the students can present ATV safety programs to middle school students.

-- Guthrie County Extension, "Safety Awareness and Farm Education Training for Youth." An all-day school enrichment program for area elementary school students will be provided.

-- Jefferson County Extension, "Farm Safety Day Camp." A safety day camp will be offered during the Jefferson County Fair.

-- Kossuth FFA Farm Safety Chapter, "Tractor Safety Certification Course." A tractor safety course will be provided for children ages 12-15 in Kossuth and neighboring counties.

-- Marion County Extension, "Tractor Safety Certification Course." A tractor safety course will be provided for children ages 13-15 in Marion and surrounding counties.

-- Town & Country FS4JK (Farm Safety 4 Just Kids), "ATV/Snowmobile Safety and Slow Moving Vehicle Awareness." Educational tools will be developed for use at area safety events in Franklin, Grundy and Hardin counties.

-- Ventura FFA, "Ag Awareness Farm Safety Display." A farm safety display will be created to educate elementary school students.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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