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Understanding Parent Influences on Youth Decisions to Enter Agricultural Grain Storage Facilities  

Kayla Walls, Graduate Student, Industrial and Agricultural Technology, Iowa State University;


Kayla Walls is a graduate student at Iowa State University studying Industrial and Agricultural Technology. Her master’s thesis studies the factors influencing youth to enter agricultural grain storage facilities. Prior to her current educational endeavor, Kayla received a B.S. in Agriscience Education from Ohio State University.

Learning objective:
Participants will be able to identify contributing factors in youth’s decisions to enter grain bins.


Grain entrapment contributes to approximately 15 deaths annually. Twenty percent of grain entrapments have involved a youth under 21. Most entrapments occur on family farms, where parents often supervise children as they complete their work. The researchers hypothesize the approach parents take toward supervision may affect youth safety outcomes on family farms. The research objectives were to:
1) Develop a survey instrument regarding potentially hazardous grain storage scenarios;
2) Administer the survey to Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students who have worked inside grain bins while under the age of 18;
3) Conduct follow-up interviews with ten students;
4) Determine the most prevalent factors contributing to how participants responded to each scenario.

The Hazardous Occupations Order in Agriculture allow youth under 16 years to complete any farm task if the farm owner/operator is their parent. Because parents often supervise their children completing agricultural work, parents must serve as the primary agricultural safety teacher to their children. This research increases understanding on why youth enter grain bins, helping safety specialists target messages and preventative measures to eliminate youth grain entrapments.


Kayla Wall’s presentation begins at timestamp 33:46