Avoid the worst, put safety first

Created: 3/10/10 (Wed) | Topic: Education

A catchy slogan and a great farm scene helped a young Fargo student win the North Dakota Farm Bureau Week placemat contest, held as part of North Dakota Farm Bureau Week activities.

Yuki Coyle, a third grader from Holy Spirit School was chosen the winner with her placemat “Avoid the worst, put safety first” which also featured a barn, silo and horses running behind a fence. Yuki’s teacher is Cheryl Bombenger.

“This was my first opportunity to judge an event like this and I was overwhelmed by all the wonderful pictures and clever sayings these students had,” said NDFB safety coordinator Staci Lee. “Yuki’s picture really said what we need people to remember as we head into spring and more outside activity; avoid the worst by putting safety first.”

As the winner, Yuki will receive a $200 savings bond. In addition, her artwork will be featured on placemats used at Farm Bureau functions throughout the year. Her placemat is also available for download on this website at

Since North Dakota Farm Bureau Week was held the same week as national Agriculture Safety Awareness Week this year, organizers of NDFB Week thought it would be good to stress safety as a theme.

“We had a number of farm injuries and deaths across the state last year, and we’d like to see that change this year,” Lee said. “Hopefully, by increasing safety awareness we can make a positive difference and see fewer of those sad headlines about an injury or death on the farm.”

For more information on North Dakota Farm Bureau’s award-winning safety program, go to

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