Recommended Course Length:  50 minutes for each module (3 modules total).

Recommended Audience:

  • Young workers between 12 and 18 years of age
  • Migrant and temporary youth workers
  • FFA, 4-H, Ag classes
  • Employers of youth workers
  • Young leaders and Adult Leaders in FFA, 4H, Ag classes or other community organizations
  • Ag teachers, Farm Safety 4 kids instructors, Progressive Ag instructors,
  • Rural health specialists, rural safety instructors, Extension personnel, Farm Bureau managers and staff

Course Description: 

Youth curriculum is designed for classroom use or community training.  It consists of three 50 minute modules covering entrapments, entanglements, falls, electricity and other hazards youth may be exposed to while handling grain or performing other agriculture related tasks around their home farm, as a farm worker employee, or intern at a commercial elevator.  Additionally, content focuses on educating this audience about the laws which apply to differing age groups (hours, wages, employment restrictions with certain hazardous tasks); learning how to recognize hazards; teaching them how to “speak up” to their employer, parent, or other adult when they are unsure how to perform a task or feel unsafe.  This curriculum is packed with a variety of different activities to engage interest.  While based on grain handling tasks, the content is transferrable to many other jobs young workers may obtain in various settings (agriculture & agribusiness, retail, food service, general industry, construction, etc).

Youth Curriculum Instructor Manuals

An instructor manual accompanies the youth curriculum providing instructions for use, sample lesson plans, quizzes, pre- and post-tests, a variety of activities and demonstrations that can be used, handouts, and additional resources.  Content is available on DVD and printed format.

General Goals:

  1. Participants will be able to recognize and identify general, common hazards common to grain handling tasks.
  2. Participants will have a basic understanding of the regulations regarding youth employment and know where to find information.
  3. Participants will understand the importance of “speaking up” to ask questions, clarify instructions, or tell someone they feel unsafe.