- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky’s Department of Agriculture says events promoting farm safety are planned at high schools across the state.

The department says Kentucky had 14 farming-related fatalities in 2013, down from 22 in 2011 and 50 in 1995. On a percentage basis, farming remains one of the nation’s most dangerous occupations, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The Agriculture Department’s Farm and Home Safety Program is spreading the message about farm safety with events at Central Hardin High School, Owen County High School, Graves County High School and LaRue County High School.

The safety demonstrations feature a rescue from a mock all-terrain vehicle accident with emergency responders treating students acting as “victims.” The Consumer Product Safety Commission says Kentucky ranked third nationally with 119 ATV-related fatalities from 2009 to 2012.

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