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Ag Fraternity Raises Funds for Farm Safety Day for Kids

May 3, 2007

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MACOMB, IL -- Safety in a farm setting means a lot more than steering clear of farm implements.

Fourth graders from area schools recently learned the many aspects of farm safety -- from first aid to sun smarts to electricity to animals -- at the annual Farm Safety Day April 27 at the 4-H Center in Macomb, and a Western Illinois University agriculture fraternity worked hard to raise funds for the day.

Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGA) raised $3,500 for the Farm Safety Day, which was sponsored by the McDonough County Unit of the University of Illinois Extension. The fraternity hit the street to find local sponsors and also hosted a golf outing to raise the funds. According to AGS member Eric Speakes, this is the eighth year that AGS has donated money for the Farm Safety Day.

"The Farm Safety Day is a lot of fun for the kids," Speakes said. "Not only do they learn really important safety information, they have a lot of fun. Our fraternity is happy to be involved in this worthwhile project."

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