When MFA Incorporated started the Safety Pays program in 2004, the goal was to reduce workplace accidents. The company also wanted to remind adults that they have very important reasons to make safety a motivator—children and other family members. That was the genesis of the Safety Pays poster contest. What better way to remind ourselves about safety than through the work of the next generation?
Since that launch, MFA has continued to focus on safety, including the implementation of a program called SHIELD, an acronym for “safe habits improve employees’ lives daily.” That program depends on employees throughout the company being trained to talk about safety with their fellow workers. From truck drivers to office personnel to workers at feed mills and fertilizer plants, MFA employees are having conversations about safe work practices. So, again this year, we asked children and grandchildren of MFA employees and affiliates to give us their ideas about safety.
Each year, the contest judges face a tough decision in choosing winners from the clever ideas and nice artwork submitted. After much deliberation, judges selected these as the top entries:
Best of Show: Erin Fick, Freeburg, MO
Erin is 12 years old and a sixth-grader at Sacred Heart School. She is the daughter of Kenny and Christy Fick. Kenny is a feed mill operator at the MFA Coop Assn #280 in Freeburg.
Grades K-1: Saylore Landewee, Chaffee, MO
Five-year-old Saylor is a kindergartner at St. Ambrose Catholic School. She is the daughter of Darren and Cassy Landewee. Cassy is a precision ag specialist at MFA Agri Services in Chaffee, Mo.
Grades 2-3: Callie Pyle, Willard, MO
At 8 years old, Callie is in second grade at Willard North Elementary. She is the daughter of Casey and Christy Pyle of Willard, Mo., and granddaughter of Calvin Pyle, a salesman for Golden City MFA.
Grades 4-6: Madelynn Caldwell, Vandalia, MO
Madelynn is 11 years old and attends sixth grade at Van-Far Elementary. She is the daughter of Chris Caldwell, an elevator operator at MFA Agri Services in Vandalia, Mo.