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Hundreds of students learn how to stay safe on the farm

MABEL, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Farming is considered one of the most dangerous industries. More than 450 students turned out Tuesday to the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds to learn vital information on how to stay safe in the field.

2013 marked the seventh year for the Fillmore/Houston County fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp.

"4th grade is a great time because they grasp so much," said instructor Doug Lind.

Students moved from station to station, each containing a different side of farming and the dangers it could present.

"My favorite part about it when they had this little kid digging a hole to put a tree in and he hit something and it traveled up into his body," said 4th grade student Phillip Hedges.

And real life stories were shared.

"A bad haircut grows back, fingers and toes don't," Lind said.

And for the students to hear it from the people that have been there made the message all the more important.

"I've been an EMT for 20 years and I've seen too many times first hand that it happens so quick and it's a life changing event," Lind said.

Dangers that Farm Safety Day could hopefully prevent.

"Some of the things they may not do first hand, but they see it and I get kids throughout the year that remind what they learned at all the different stations," Lind said.

Those students were made up of 13 school districts from Houston and Fillmore counties.

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