Everyone in agriculture knows someone whose life has been affected by a farm-related injury or death.
The statistics are sobering. Even more tragic is that these incidents could have been prevented if simple safety precautions had been followed. That's why the Progressive Agriculture Foundation is on a crusade for farm safety and health.
At the heart of this effort is the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program, formerly known as the Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Day Camp® program. Founded by The Progressive Farmer magazine in 1995, the program trains and provides the resources that local communities need to conduct one-day safety programs that are age-appropriate, hands-on, fun, and safe for children. While the basic program reaches children ages of 8 to 13, Safety Days may also be conducted for 4- to 7-year-olds or even entire families. Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® are conducted in the United States, Canada and the U.S. territories.
Teachers were extremely pleased with the program and feel that it is tremendous opportunity for them to participate. The Progressive Ag Foundation Safety Day program reaches more than 90,000 youth and involves 20,000 adult/youth volunteers. Thanks to a $500 grant from KY Farm Bureau we were able to purchase a permanent banner and additional signs. Groups must apply annually for the following year and attend mandatory trainings before hosting their event. Hardin County has been approved for another program in 2011 representing their 3rd consecutive year of participation.