Here is a great resource from the American Farm Bureau Federation that youth and families can do virtually to learn important skills of safety on the farm.
The Think F.A.S.T. (Farm & Ag Safety Training) program is an initiative from Farm Bureau designed to proactively address on-farm safety concerns for youth. The program materials are free to members and non-members and are tailored for audiences 14- to 17-years old and focus on general safety, leadership, and critical thinking skills applied to technical and agriculture-specific contexts.
The program includes 10 modules that take 10 minutes each to complete along with follow-up competency quizzes. There are both online self-paced and in-person direct instruction options for Core Safety Skills and Technical Safety Skills.
“Safety on the farm and ranch is vital,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “Young people are the future of agriculture and we’re pleased to provide them with tools to help them become grounded in skills that will serve them well throughout their careers.”
The program and related materials focus on general safety, leadership and critical thinking skills applied to technical and agriculture-specific contexts. The training is available at no cost to anyone interested in learning about farm safety (Farm Bureau membership is not required for access).
The program includes 10 modules that each take 10 minutes to complete and follow-up competency quizzes. A curriculum guide for classroom and workshop settings is available for download.
Program modules are listed below.
- Attention & Distractions with ATVs and UTVs
- Spatial Awareness with Livestock
- Looking at Situations from Multiple Points of View with Tractors & Machinery
- Task Breakdown and Job Safety with Personal Protective Equipment
- Matching Tasks and Skills with Electrical
- Decision Making for How to Complete a Task with Manual Labor
- Situational Management with Bins, Silos and Pits
- Empowerment and Permission to Say No with Chemicals & Pesticides
- Tough Conversations with Slips, Trips and Falls
- Impact of Injuries with Shop Safety
The program also includes online self-paced and in-person direct instruction options for the skills below. Download the Curriculum Guide for Classroom & Workshop Settings here.
|Core Safety Skills||Technical Safety Skills|
|Attention & Distractions||ATVs and UTVs|
|Looking at Situations from Multiple Points of View||Tractors & Machinery|
|Task Breakdown and Job Safety||Personal Protective Equipment|
|Matching Tasks and Skills||Electrical|
|Decision Making for How to Complete a Task||Manual Labor|
|Situational Management||Bins, Silos, and Pits|
|Empowerment and Permission to Say No||Chemicals & Pesticides|
|Tough Conversations||Slips, Trips, and Falls|
|Impact of Injuries||Shop Safety|