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Safety first

August 30, 2012

Two weeks ago a 16-year-old girl from our high school, Rachel Pruett, was killed baling hay on her grandparents' farm in Missouri. She was driving the tractor pulling a hay wagon on a hill when something happened and she ended up being crushed by the wagon. I can't imagine anything worse for a family to go through. My sons and daughter have spent many days on the hay wagon.

Safety should come first on farms. If your spouse or kids think you are doing too much nagging about safety (mine do), keep doing it.

Here is something fun for younger kids that can teach them about safety:

Now through October 1, 2012, visit the Safety tab <> on to download Kubota’s “Ten Commandments of Tractor Safety” coloring book.

·       Each child, 12 and under, can select one page to color as his or her contest entry.

·       Next, scan and email the child’s entry, along with the parent’s name, child’s name, address and phone number to Or mail the entry with the same information on a 3x5 card to 500 Capitol Mall, Suite 1850, Sacramento, CA 95814.

·       Entries will be judged on coloring skill in each of three age groups: 5 and under, ages 6 to 8, and ages 9 to 12.

·       In each category, one grand prize winner will be selected to win a $100 gift card and Kubota merchandise gift pack. Additionally, one first prize winner in each category will receive a Kubota merchandise gift pack.

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