22nd Annual Ag Expo Highlights Farm Safety

January 18, 2008 - Posted at 5:18 p.m. CDT

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) -- The 22nd Ag Expo kicked off Friday afternoon at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff. With some of the same favorite attractions, including the toy tractor pedal pull, beauty pageants and old time auction, the event has tons to offer to folks in Region 8. This year visitors looking for tips on farming safety will be in luck.

A ribbon cutting marked the 22nd year of the Poplar Bluff Ag Expo...an event that has adapted over the course of time.

With two Region 8 men making the news after being injured in farming accidents this week, safety is a lesson to be learned.

"We really try to have an emphasis on that field at the Expo whether it's our educational seminars or our booths, we always want to try and remind people how important it is to be very careful when working with farm equipment," said organizer Phyllis Flanigan of the Butler County University of Missouri Extension Council.

With more than 120 booths at this year's Ag Expo, there are plenty of opportunities to learn about ag safety.

"There are quite a few booths here to teach about the safety in agriculture because not many people know about it," said TRCC Aggie President Bonnie Tubb.

Doug Jackson owns Magee Farm Equipment.  He believes educating his customers about safety is a priority.

"It's obviously pretty important to us because if our customers get hurt, they are not going to do their jobs and they are friends of ours. I think the main thing is that all new equipment will have safety features on it that they need to maintain same as the equipment themselves," said Jackson.

It's expected that nearly 12,000 visitors will attend the Ag Expo this year...all getting a chance to take in the sights, sounds and hopefully information that could save their lives.

"Keep it in the back of your mind what it is that you are doing and try to keep yourself above getting hurt," said Tubb.

The Ag Expo continues until 8 p.m. Friday night and doors open Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.  Admission is free.  The event is sponsored by the Butler County University of Missouri Extension Council and the Three Rivers Community College Agriculture Club.