MANHATTAN — Kansas Farm Bureau is proud to support a new online youth safety course Think F.A.S.T (Farm and Ag Safety Training), launched by American Farm Bureau. The program aims to help youth ages 14-17 learn how to avoid common safety hazards on farms and ranches.

“Safety should always be the first priority for farmers and ranchers of any age,” says Serita Blankenship, Kansas Farm Bureau safety and ag education manager. “Think F.A.S.T. will provide young people with the tools and skills they need as they develop their careers in agriculture."

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

Think F.A.S.T. module links and curriculum guides are available here.