Farmers can trade-in hats at experiment farm Farmers attending the South Dakota Experiment Farm Summer Tour six miles west and three miles south of Beresford on July 1 will have the opportunity to get a new sunsafe hat.
The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service and the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council are sponsoring Operation Hat Check (TM) as an educational effort to build awareness of sun safety. Farmers attending the July 1 plot tour can trade in a baseball-style cap for a free wide-brimmed hat that provides more sun protection for the face and neck. Booney style hats will be available to the first 175 farmers that stop at the Operation Hat Check (TM) area.
Operation Hat Check (TM) was developed by the National Farm Medicine Center a program of Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, WI. It was designed to promote use of sunsafe hats and is being implemented in this area by the South Dakota Extension Service.
Participants trading hats will be asked to complete a one page registration form and be sent a short mailed survey in three months to indicate use of the hat.