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Arkansas Tech Department of Agriculture earns national award

Farm Safety for Just Kids has presented the Arkansas Tech University Department of Agriculture with its new chapter of the year award.

The national award is in recognition of a week-long agriculture camp for children that students and faculty from the Arkansas Tech Department of Agriculture hosted on the Tech campus in Russellville June 17-21.

With assistance from a variety of public and private sector partners, agriculture students at Arkansas Tech provided the 17 children who participated in the camp with information about how to remain safe when working with animals, chemicals, electricity, farm equipment, fire, food and other potential threats that exist on farms.

“The greatest benefits of the camp for our students in the Department of Agriculture were that they learned how to plan, market, manage, teach and provide leadership,” said Dr. Malcolm Rainey, department head and professor of animal science in the Arkansas Tech Department of Agriculture. “We are very proud of the job the students did and the time they volunteered to make the camp a huge success.”

Dow Chemical, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, Farm Credit, fire departments from Pope County, Lake Dardanelle State Park, the Pope County Cooperative Extension Service and River Valley Martial Arts were among the partners that provided a minimum of two educational programs per day to the children attending the camp.

Farm Safety for Just Kids was founded in 1987 by an Iowa mother whose son died in a farm accident. According to its web site, the mission of the organization is the “prevention of farm accidents by promoting a safe environment through education.”

For more information about the Arkansas Tech Department of Agriculture, visit www.atu.edu/agriculture or call (479) 968-0251.

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