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August 05, 2005

Safety program receives national award

Photo of safety program participants
Two Johnston County farmers, who participated in a 'Be Seen and Be Safe' workshop, look over a program display. (Photo by Becky Kirkland)

Six North Carolina Cooperative Extension agricultural agents and Sgt. Tom Futrell of the State Highway Patrol won national recognition for their “Be Seen and Be Safe” education program to help make farmers on rural roads more visible. The education program was a collaboration between Cooperative Extension and the Highway Patrol.

The group won the national Search for Excellence in Crop Production competition for the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. Those recognized as part of the team were Norman Harrell, Wilson County; Art Bradley, Edgecombe County; Ken Bateman, Johnston County Extension director; Charlie Tyson, Nash County; Louie Johnson, Greene County; and Mitch Smith, Pitt County Extension director.

The agents developed a training program to help farmers make their equipment more visible to motorists. Farmers who participated received a strobe light and other visibility materials for their farm equipment.

In addition, Fred Miller, Catawba County Extension director, was elected national vice president of the organization at the July meeting in Buffalo, N.Y. He is the first North Carolina agent to ever hold the position.

Posted by Natalie at August 5, 2005 09:03 AM