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Picturing safe practices

MFA youth illustrate ideas to avoid danger on the farm, at the workplace

SHIELD blueNo one can take your place. That was the theme of last year’s National Farm Safety and Health Week, which is observed each September. It’s also a fitting reminder as the busy spring season begins and MFA continues to emphasize safety at work and on the farm.

When MFA relaunched its workplace safety program in 2015 as “SHIELD: Safe Habits Improve Employees’ Lives Daily,” the goal of the behavior-based system was to reduce workplace accidents. The program relies on employees throughout the company being trained to talk about safety with their fellow workers. From truck drivers to office staff to personnel at feed mills and fertilizer plants, MFA employees have many conversations about safe work practices and document those discussions. In fact, some 21,700 safety conversations were logged last year.

The company also continues to remind employees that they have very important reasons to make safety a motivator—children and other family members. That’s why MFA holds an annual Farm Safety Poster Contest to help us picture these positive practices through the eyes of the next generation.
Again this year, we asked children and grandchildren of MFA employees and affiliates to share their ideas about safety on the job and on the farm. All MFA staff members were allowed to vote for their favorite poster in each class as well as choose “Best of Show” through the company’s intranet, myMFA. We’re proud to feature this year’s top entries here in Today’s Farmer.

 


 

Best of show

Maggie McDowell
Columbia, MO
A sixth-grader at Smithton Middle School in Columbia, Mo., Maggie is the daughter of Ryan and Carla McDowell. Ryan is manager of California Agri Services.

 

 

 

 


Grades K-1

Asher Johnson
Birch Tree, Mo

A first-grader at Mountain View Elementary School in Birch Tree, Mo., Asher is the daughter of Justin and Kay-Lee Johnson. Justin is a plant operator at MFA Agri Services in Birch Tree.

 

 

EyesOnRoadGrades 2-3

June Roark
Lamar, Mo

A home-schooled third-grader, June is the daughter of Justin and Julia Roark of Lamar, Mo. Justin is a DOT Inspector in MFA’s Safety, Environmental and Regulatory Department.

 

 

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Grades 4-6

Jillian Roark
Lamar, Mo

A home-schooled fifth-grader, Jillian is the daughter of Justin and Julia Roark of Lamar, Mo. Justin is a DOT Inspector in MFA’s Safety, Environmental and Regulatory Department.



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