Check out Show-Me Farm Safety display at Missouri State Fair

Thursday, July 30, 2015

SEDALIA -- Missouri State Fair attendees can learn how to guard against common dangers on the farm and in the home at the Show-Me Farm Safety booth in the Agriculture Building.

The Missouri agriculture and labor departments, University of Missouri Extension, Missouri Farm Bureau, and the Missouri FFA Association sponsor the booth.

MU Extension specialist Karen Funkenbusch says the popular display has grown over the years and offers an interactive, hands-on experience.

"This display is really about education and talks about things most people wouldn't even think about," Funkenbusch says. For example, many toxic items may easily be mistaken for harmless look-alikes, such as motor oil and maple syrup; nicotine gum and maple syrup; or furniture polish and olive oil.

Other topics will include grain bin safety and preventing tractor rollovers.

"They can take away how quickly an incident can happen and ways to prevent them from happening on their farm," Funkenbusch says. "They also have the opportunity to pick up information and ask questions of MU Extension and Department of Agriculture folks who will be on-site."

For more information about Show-Me Farm Safety and photos from last year's display, visit farmsafety.mo.gov.

The Missouri State Fair runs August 13-23 in Sedalia. For more information, go to www.mostatefair.com.