Farm safety takes focus at workshop

The Progressive Agriculture Foundation hosted a youth farm safety day at Youth Opportunities Unlimited for Quitman County residents on Friday, Nov. 12.
The Progressive Agriculture Foundation works to make farm and ranch life safer and healthier for all children through education and training. The Foundation provides a variety of support for the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program, a one-day hands-on workshop that teaches farm children and their parents safe farm practices. Each year, Progressive Agriculture Safety Days reach more than 60,000 children and adults across the country, educating children on safety and health lessons to keep them safe and healthy on a farm, ranch or at home.

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According to a survey by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the rate of childhood injury on farms and ranches has declined nearly 60 percent since 1998.
Efforts by community-based safety programs such as Progressive Agriculture Foundation and (Farm Safety 4 Just Kids) FS4JK were mentioned as contributing factors to the reduction in accidents. Monsanto and other corporate sponsors provide the majority of financial support for FS4JK and Progressive Agriculture Foundation to continue education and outreach.
The Progressive Agriculture Foundation works to make farm and ranch life safer and healthier for all children through education and training. For more information about hosting a Safety Day, call 1-888-257-3529 or visit www.progressiveag.org. Safety Day applications are due each July 15 for Safety Days to be conducted the following year.
Farm Safety 4 Just Kids was founded in 1987 by Marilyn Adams after the death of her 11-year-old son in a farming accident.

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