By Zolinda Stoneman, Hamida Jinnah,and Glen Rains. From Journal of Extension, April 2016, vol 54, No 2.
The study discussed in this article examined the extent to which fathers were aware of unsafe farm
behaviors engaged in by their youth. Fathers and youth provided information about the youth’s
behaviors on the farm, particularly related to tractors/large equipment. Fathers indicated whether they
were familiar with the North American Guidelines for Children’s Agricultural Tasks (NAGCAT). Youth
engaged in numerous unsafe and dangerous behaviors of which their fathers were unaware. Fathers
were not familiar with NAGCAT. Extension professionals from agriculture, family and consumer
sciences, and 4-H youth development all have roles to play in educating parents about NAGCAT and
youth farm safety.