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Progressive Agriculture Foundation

Organization Focus: Education

Years Since Founding: 19

Program Focus: Youth safety education

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the rate of childhood injury on farms and ranches decreased by about 60 percent between 1998 and 2012. One reason cited for this decline is the safety programming provided by the Progressive Agriculture Foundation.

Since 1995, the Progressive Agriculture Foundation has been dedicated to providing education and training to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for children and their communities. To accomplish this mission, the Foundation's primary focus is the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program, which is supported through the Farm Credit National Contributions Program.

More than 400 communities across the United States, Canada, American Samoa and the Virgin Islands host a Safety Day event. The Progressive Agriculture Foundation provides these communities with implementation training and curricula covering 28 different topics that range from ATV, firearms and animal safety to first aid. Each community decides which of the topics to present locally and enlists volunteers to execute the curriculum.


There are still too many children being injured every year on farms and ranches, but the good news is that the Safety Day program is working.
Progressive Agriculture Foundation

In 2014 the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program reached more than 105,000 youth, primarily eight to 13 years old, who live on or visit farms and ranches, instilling a culture of safety with life-saving education. Through a short presentation and hands-on demonstration for each topic, the program helps kids understand the power of the environment and equipment they're around, and how quickly things can go wrong if they are not safe.

There are still too many children being injured every year on farms and ranches, but the good news is that the Safety Day program is working. "We have people telling us that things are improving in their communities," says Ryan Curtis, Development Specialist with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation. "The University of Alabama did an independent evaluation of our program and they found a measurable increase in safe behavior among the participants of the program."

"We're also seeing for ourselves that the kids' behaviors are changing," says Ryan. "Last year a child who participated in a Safety Day encountered an aggressive dog. Because of what she learned at her Safety Day, she said she knew how to react and protect herself."