It’s colorless, odorless, and it can kill you! A closer look at the dangers of both Carbon Monoxide and Radon

By: Jana L. Davidson, Education Content Specialist for the Progressive Agriculture Foundation

Known as the “invisible killer,” carbon monoxide, also know as CO, is produced by burning fuel in cars or trucks, small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, portable generators, or furnaces. When the gas builds up in enclosed spaces, people or animals who breathe it can be poisoned. In the U.S., more than 400 people die, 20,000 visit emergency rooms, and 4,000 are hospitalized annually due to carbon monoxide poisoning according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As temperatures drop and home heating is on the rise, carbon monoxide poisoning can be a hidden hazard lurking in the place you feel the safest – YOUR HOME! Winter months are a prime time for carbon monoxide poisoning as people turn on their heating systems and mistakenly warm their cars in garages. The most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are often described as “flu-like” and can include headache, dizziness, blurred vision, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, difficulty breathing, chest pain, loss of consciousness, confusion and can lead to death if it goes undetected or untreated.

Your best defense against poisoning is a carbon monoxide detector. Detectors save lives and should be placed on the wall about 5 feet above the floor or up to the ceiling on each floor of your home, especially where you sleep. Avoid placing them right next to or over a fireplace or flame-producing appliance. Test your detectors regularly and replace the battery at least once a year. Other important practices to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning include:

  1. Have your furnace, water heater, and any other gas or coal-burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year. If you have a chimney, check and clean it every year, and make sure your fireplace damper is open before lighting a fire and well after the fire is extinguished.
  2. Do not use portable flameless chemical heaters indoors.
  3. Never use a gas oven for heating your home.
  4. Never use a generator inside your home, basement or garage or less than 20 feet from any window, door or vent; fatal levels of carbon monoxide can be produced in just minutes, even if doors and windows are open.
  5. Never run a car in a garage that is attached to a house, even with the garage door open; always open the door to a detached garage to let in fresh air when you run a car inside.

Like carbon monoxide, radon is also odorless, colorless, and poisonous. Therefore, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designates the month of January as National Radon Action Month.  Radon exposure can cause coughing, chest pains, recurring respiratory infections, hoarseness, wheezing, difficulty breathing, lung cancer and is responsible for 21,000 deaths each year. One major difference among carbon monoxide and radon is in detection. Radon gas can only be detected by a one-time use radon test kit. These kits are easy to use and are available at your local hardware store, radon mitigation company, or online lab.

This safety message was brought to you by the Progressive Agriculture Safety Days program, working to keep children in rural communities safe from potential hazards around the farm, ranch, or at home. For additional safety information or details about hosting, volunteering, or attending a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day®, visit www.progressiveag.org or call us toll-free at 888-257-3529. Help send another child to a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day in 2021 by texting the word “SAFETYDAY” to 44321 from your smartphone.

Photo: From smoke alarms to carbon monoxide detectors, Progressive Agriculture Safety Day participants learn how these life-saving devices can keep them and their families safe.

Seeking a Marketing Communications Manager to join our Team

Seeking a Marketing Communications Manager to join our Team

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The Progressive Agriculture Foundation is looking to add a new member to our team and seeking a Marketing Communications Manager.

For more information on the position or how to apply, go to https://www.progressiveag.org/uploads/pressrelease/Marketing%20Communications%20Manager%202020%20.pdf

Send resume and letter of interest to careers@progressiveag.org


How Can We Gift with Safety this Holiday Season?

By: Jana L. Davidson, Education Content Specialist for the Progressive Agriculture Foundation

As we reflect during this season of thanksgiving, we can all agree the greatest, most precious gift of all is that of life. Therefore, we need to ensure we value and treat that life the same way we do that shiny new toy or object. Proper care is important with any special gift, in the same way we need to also value our safety and health, as it is essential in maintaining our battery life. Sadly, this does not always get the full attention it deserves; however, during gift giving we can help bring this to the forefront.

Frugal Fred is a hard worker, who continuously puts the needs of others before his own and is still using a 30-year-old ladder, that even a squirrel would deem unsafe to climb on. Fred works hard to make his equipment last and may have had all intentions to replace the ladder; however, lack of time, financials, or another factor prevented this from happening. With the holidays approaching, possibly the best gift Fred could receive this year is a new ladder, as this would help make his daily activities not only easier, but ultimately safer. Fred can be anyone, a father, grandfather, uncle, or even a friend, that could be faced with an unsafe or unhealthy situation daily and not eager to seek help, but appreciative of the gesture.

After asking for a few years, you might be ready to honor Action Adam’s request for an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) or UTV (utility terrain vehicle). Adam has been proving he is responsible, and this equipment will help him with his various chores around the ranch. However, before you hand over the keys, enroll Adam in a safety training program. Therefore, he is starting out with a safety focus and learning what do from the start. Also, don’t forget to add other important Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like a properly fitted helmet, over the ankle boots, eye protection, and even protective clothing.

That brings us to Brave Betty! Little Betty has been working so hard to master riding her bicycle without training wheels. Now all she is wanting is a brand-new bicycle as a gift. Before we upgrade to a big-girl bike, her helmet may need an upgrade as well. Also, don’t forget adding reflectors for riding in the evening or a water bottle to stay hydrated on hot, summer days. 

When giving a gift to a family this holiday season, consider practicality. Reusable face and hand sanitizer masks to help combat the spread of the Coronavirus makes great stocking stuffers. Items like smoke alarms and fire extinguishers may be scarce in a family’s home or farm. Families neglect to purchase these items on their own due to expense or failing to realize the item’s importance. For new parents, there are great gifts out there to help baby-proof the home. Little ones in our life are always anxiously awaiting their chance to open up the freshly wrapped package.

Whether big or small, toys are always a favorite among many children; however, placing extra thought into toy safety should always be a priority during purchase. Here are some important safety tips:

  1. Always read the directions that come with a toy together as a family, so everyone is on the same page and knows the necessary precautions. Even age-appropriate toys, such as sewing, baking or science kits, often require adult supervision.
  2. Teach older children to role model safe toy behavior by always keeping tiny toys out of reach for younger children. Use extreme caution with toys containing magnets, button batteries, balloons, or toys with small parts. 
  3. Be aware of your surroundings when playing with toys that fly. Assure you do not injure an unsuspecting person or destroy another’s property while at play.

In closing, don’t forget to give the gift of your time. Stay connected and be present by providing a listening ear this holiday season, as it may be the greatest gift you can give someone. 

This safety message was brought to you by the Progressive Agriculture Safety Days. This program teaches children in rural communities about potential hazards around the farm, ranch, or at home to help them adopt new, safe practices. For more information on safety or for details about hosting, donating or volunteering at a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day®, visit www.progressiveag.org or call us toll-free at 888-257-3529. Tuesday, December 1st kicks off the season of giving. Continue to give the gift of safety with a donation to help send another child to a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day in 2021. Donate in honor of or in memory of a love one. Text the word “SAFETYDAY” to 44321 or visit progressiveag.org/Donate.

Photo: Before these kiddos hit the trail and go, they always wear the appropriate safety gear from head to toe. Progressive Agriculture Safety Day is proud to partner with Polaris, the global leader in power-sports, to spotlight off-road vehicle safety. In 2020, a youth-sized Polaris Ranger UTV, along with all the appropriate PPE, was donated to help the program provide hands-on educate children and families on ATV/UTV Safety.

Do you hold the keys for driving safely at night?

By: Jana L. Davidson, Education Content Specialist for the Progressive Agriculture Foundation

As we watched summer fade into fall, we observed the extra daylight in the evenings leave with the warmer weather. With Daylight Saving Time recently ending on Sunday, November 1st, we quickly took notice of how much darker it became earlier in the day. Therefore, as we finish the last of setting all our clocks backwards by one hour in most areas of the country, it is good to remind ourselves to sharpen our safety skills, especially when driving or walking at night.

Although it may become darker earlier, there will still be children and adults out riding their bicycles and walking home from work or various activities. As pedestrians, it is important to take safety into your own hands. This can be accomplished by always paying careful attention to your surroundings and avoiding unnecessary distractions, like your phone. Also, always be visible by wearing light colors, reflective clothing, and reflectors on bicycles or backpacks.

While only one quarter of our driving is done at night, 50% of traffic deaths happen at night. It does not matter whether the road is familiar or not, driving at night is always more dangerous. Shorter days, fatigue, compromised night vision, rush hour, and even impairment are some of the risks we face when driving at night. Depth perception, color recognition, and peripheral vision can be compromised in the dark, and the glare of headlights from an oncoming vehicle can temporarily blind a driver. Even with high-beam headlights on, visibility is limited to about 500 feet (250 feet for normal headlights). This creates less time to react to something on the road, especially when driving at higher speeds. You can hold the keys to safe driving by following these 10 tips:

  1. Make sure your headlights are clean and adjust them correctly. Your headlights should be aimed at the road, if they do not seem to be working effectively, do not let it go and have them looked at or repaired.
  2. Dim your dashboard.
  3. Look away from oncoming lights.
  4. If you wear glasses, make sure they are anti-reflective.
  5. Clean the windshield to eliminate streaks.
  6. Avoid being an impatient driver. Slow down to compensate for limited visibility and reduced stopping time.
  7. Avoid distractions like looking at your phone, eating, drinking, adjusting the radio or controls, or responding to passengers.
  8. Ensure you are getting plenty of sleep, preferably 7 to 9 hours is best.
  9. Do not drive if you have been awake for 16 hours or more. Essentially this is getting behind the wheel impaired.
  10. Make time for your annual vision exams. Night vision is the ability to see well in low-light conditions. As we age, we have greater difficulty seeing at night. Your eye exam can alert you of any compromises to your vision.  

For more information or to locate a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program near you, visit www.progressiveag.org or call us toll-free at 888-257-3529. If you do not see an event near you, contact us to see how we can help bring one to your local community. You can help send another child to a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day in 2021 with a small donation. Text the word “SAFETYDAY” to 44321 or visit progressiveag.org/Donate.

Photo: During this fun, interactive experience, Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® participants learn what distracted driving can look like. Therefore, they learn how they can be good passengers when in the car, so they can help the drivers safely reach their next destination.

Let’s “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen,” during Fire Prevention Week

By: Jana L. Davidson, Education Content Specialist for the Progressive Agriculture Foundation

With stay-at-home orders surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, a positive outcome was seeing families spend more time together in the kitchen. From baking tasty treats to cooking family dinners, many families enjoyed valuable time together preparing a meal.

Unfortunately, cooking is the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Therefore, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is recognizing October 4-10, 2020 as National Fire Prevention Week. This year’s campaign is focusing on cooking safety and preventing kitchen fires at home.  Here are 4 important tips to keep in mind when cooking to “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.”

1. Stay focused on the food – Whether frying, boiling, or grilling food, always stay in the kitchen and give that job your full attention. If you must leave the kitchen, even for short time, turn the burner off.

2. Put a lid on it – Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, place the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is cool. This simple step can prevent a grease fire from getting out of control.

3. Keep cooking area clear – Clean up the clutter. Giving cooking appliance space can lessen the chance of a fire occurring. Items like oven mitts, utensils, food wrappers, and towels, should be kept away from the stovetop.

4. Prevent scalds & burns – Both hot liquids and steam from the stove can cause devastating injuries. Taking precautions like turning the pot handles away from the stove’s edge and keep hot foods and liquids away from table and counter edges.

Fire safety remains one of the top lessons taught at Progressive Agriculture Safety Days throughout North America. In 2019 alone, more than 48,000 participants were reached through age-appropriate, hands-on education around fire safety. Depending on the participant’s age, Safety Days teach children a variety of important safety tips including:

  • Creating a fire escape plan and the importance of adopting the plan as a family.
  •  Practicing the stop, drop and roll technique to extinguish flames on their body.
  • Understanding the need for smoke alarms and where they should be placed in and around the home.
  • Learning where to properly store and how to use a fire extinguisher.  

For more fire prevention tips, messages, and resources for both children and parents, visit firepreventionweek.org.  

For more information or to locate a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® in your local community, visit www.progressiveag.org or call us toll-free at 888-257-3529. Looking to make a safe investment and help send another child to a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day? Donate TODAY by texting the word “SAFETYDAY” to 44321 or visit progressiveag.org/Donate.

Photo: During this Progressive Agriculture Safety Day held in Iowa, participants understand the proper technique of using a fire extinguisher by using a digital simulator. 

Schedule for 2020 National Farm Safety and Health Week

Progressive Agriculture Safety Days is gearing up to celebrate National Farm Safety and Health Week, September 20-26, 2020, with several exciting events and hoping you will join in the fun! Click on the link to register via Zoom and look for our Facebook Events for more information. All are FREE events and open to children, parents, grandparents, teachers, etc. We will be giving away copies of the books featured, as well as Progressive Agriculture Safety Day t-shirts, water bottles, and other items.

September 21 at 7:00 p.m. CDT: Story Hour featuring Jacob and the Tractor. Register via Zoom at https://bit.ly/3lP0esP and learn more in our Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/2675218192738141/

September 22 at 7:00 p.m. CDT: Story Hour featuring When I Feel Sad. Register via Zoom at https://bit.ly/31UZdHL and learn more in our Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/977880386008511/

September 23 (9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CDT): Virtual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day. Register via Zoom at https://bit.ly/3hWztQO and learn more in our Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/4125496130811400/

September 23 (12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CDT): Virtual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day. Register via Zoom at https://bit.ly/3gOPSpi and learn more in our Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/666779754197059/

September 24 at 7:00 p.m. CDT: Story Hour featuring Josh the Baby Otter. Register via Zoom at https://bit.ly/3gUGqRo and learn more in our Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/635390597359418/

September 25 at 7:00 p.m. CDT: Story Hour featuring Unbeatable Betty. Register via Zoom at https://bit.ly/3lL5k9B and learn more in our Facebook event link https://www.facebook.com/events/888790428312549/

Please help us get the word out on these great virtual opportunities for children and families!

Every Farmer Counts! Continuing to protect present and future generations of farmers and rural families through virtual messages

By: Jana L. Davidson, Education Content Specialist for the Progressive Agriculture Foundation

A farm is a wonderful place to grow up. However, as a busy workplace with active, moving machinery and equipment, it can be a dangerous place for young children. During fall harvest and other hectic times of the year, it is important to keep a safety focus and consider the curiosity of a child.

Sadly, every three days a child dies and every day 33 children are injured due to agricultural-related incidents in the United States according to the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety (NCCRAHS). Of the leading sources of fatalities among these youth, 47% involved transportation (including tractors, ATVs, and UTVs), 20% involved contact with machinery, and 13% involved incidents with animals and other humans. As for ag-related injuries, 60% occurred to children that were not working on the farm.

During a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day in Nebraska, participants identify various hidden hazards around the farm. They also discuss appropriate ways to safely correct the hazards to prevent an incident from occurring.

For adults, role modeling safe behavior is essential. As your child’s first role model and teacher, parents have the responsibility to lead by example and instill the importance of practicing safety all the time. Here are five safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Never allow kids to climb and play on or near farm equipment even when it is not in use.
  • Always lock-up equipment and machinery when you finish using them. Remove the keys and keep them out of reach of children. Also, for equipment that may fall, such as buckets, make sure they are placed in the down position.
  • Do not allow children to be passengers on tractors, lawn mowers, or other farm equipment.
  • Designate and create a “safe play area” with protected boundaries, like a fence, that is far away from where machinery is operated or stored.

Progressive Agriculture Safety Day proudly supports 2020 National Farm Safety & Health Week, taking place September 20 through 26. Join in, as we promote safe and healthy practices on our farms and ranches during this upcoming harvest season. The theme “Every Farmer Counts,” is one that reminds us that it is in everyone’s best interest to prioritize the health and safety of those who work so hard to provide our abundant supply of food, fiber and fuel. Throughout the week, a different safety-related topic will be highlighted each day:

  • Monday, September 21, 2020 will focus on Tractor Safety & Rural Roadway Safety
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 will cover Overall Farmer Health
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 focuses on Safety & Health for Youth in Agriculture*
  • Thursday, September 24, 2020 covers Emergency Preparedness in Agriculture
  • Friday, September 25, 2020 examines Safety & Health for Women in Agriculture

*On Wednesday, September 23rd, you can register to attend a Virtual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day held via Zoom at 9:00 CDT/10:00 a.m. EDT or noon CDT/1:00 p.m. CDT.  Due to COVID-19, the Progressive Agriculture Foundation chose to suspend many in-person events. However, many resources have been developed on-line including a Virtual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day, which carries on the program’s mission of keeping children living on farms, ranches and in rural communities safe and healthy. Additionally, most evenings during the week, we will have a special story hour for younger children at 7:00 p.m. CDT/8:00 p.m. EDT.

For more information on the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program or to register for the virtual Safety Day or story hour, visit www.progressiveag.org or call us toll-free at 888-257-3529. Want to make a safe investment during National Farm Safety and Health Week? Donate to send another child to a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® in 2021 by texting the word “SAFETYDAY” to 44321.

Additional National Farm Safety and Health Week can be found through the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) at www.necasag.org

Making Strides to Prevent Drugs from Taking Young Lives

By: Jana L. Davidson, Education Content Specialist for the Progressive Agriculture Foundation

The Progressive Agriculture Foundation has and will always be striving to find new, innovative ways to educate youth on various safety and health topics aiming to stop preventable incidents from occurring. Substance abuse is no different. Progressive Agriculture Safety Days has tackled methamphetamine, tobacco, and alcohol awareness. This year, we partnered with the Truth Initiative to shed light on the dangers surrounding vaping.

Sadly, thousands of people die each year from a drug overdose. These individuals come from all walks of life. According to the Mayo Clinic, people of any age, race, gender, or economic status can become addicted to a drug. Certain factors can affect the likelihood and speed of developing an addiction: family history of addiction, mental health disorder, peer pressure, early use, lack of family involvement, and taking highly addictive drugs, like stimulants. When initially hearing of substance abuse, some often think primarily of illegal drugs; however, alcohol and prescription drugs are just as addicting and dangerous.

International Overdose Awareness Day, which takes places each year on August 31, and spreads the message that overdose death is preventable. This global event aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury due to a drug overdose.

Would you be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of overdose? These may include problems at work or school, physical health issues (lack of energy and motivation, weight loss or gain, or red eyes), neglected appearance, money-related issues, continuously being caught in lies or fabrications, and changes in behavior or relationships.

16-164_AlcoholDrug_591Staying off drugs is a much easier solution than having to try and get off them. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, preventing substance abuse starts with parents. Do not assume your child will learn from someone else. Instead, hope that programs offered by school, sports, and other groups can support the groundwork you have started. Talk to your children early and often about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and be sure to listen. Children may try communicating in different ways. Make them feel comfortable and recognize you as safe and welcoming. Parents should also role model a drug-free life. Provide guidance and clear rules about not using drugs, share how to make healthy choices and develop positive friendships. Since giving into peer pressure can be a major reason why adolescents try drugs, teach your child different, creative ways to say “No!”

Since 1995, Progressive Agriculture Safety Days has made it their mission to provide the education, training and resources to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for children and their communities. Learn more by visiting www.progressiveag.org or call 888-257-3529. Looking to make a safe investment? Help send another child to a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day by texting the word “SAFETYDAY” to 44321 or visit progressiveag.org/Donate.

Photo 1:  At a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day in North Dakota, a presenter shares how substance abuse can be detrimental to your health, including damage to your teeth.

 

 

Ensure your skin is not overdone with too much exposure to the sun through Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, and Slide!

By: Jana L. Davidson, Education Content Specialist for the Progressive Agriculture Foundation

Did you18-346_SunSafety_11411 know the skin is the body’s largest organ? Our skin protects us from heat, sunlight, injury, and infection; however, we often neglect making it a priority to protect our skin on a daily basis. Thankfully, July serves as UV (Ultraviolet) Safety Month and is a great reminder of why damage to our skin today can have serious long-term effects.

Safeguarding your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation from the sun is easy when you remember to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, and Slide by following these 5 tips:

  1. SLIP on a t-shirt: Wear clothing that will protect your skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays. Do not be fooled by cloudy days and winter months, Lily Sunscreenas harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays are still present.
  2. SLOP on sunscreen: Generously apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen over exposed skin. Daily use of an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 15 or higher sunscreen can reduce the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by about 40% and the risk of developing melanoma by 50%. Don’t SKIP re-applying sunscreen every two hours, especially after sweating or swimming. Avoid sunburns, as they significantly increase one’s lifetime risk of developing skin cancer.
  3. SLAP on a hat: Be sure to wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  4. SEEK shade: Locating shade is especially important during 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when UV rays are their strongest. Also, use extra caution near reflective surfaces, like water, snow, and sand that can reflect damaging rays. Also, use extra caution when at higher altitudes due to less atmosphere to absorb UV radiation.
  5. SLIDE on a pair of sunglasses: Protect your eyes. According to the CDC, some of the more common sun-related vision problems include cataracts, macular degeneration, and pterygium (non-cancerous growth of the conjunctiva that can obstruct vision) are caused by exposure to the sun. Use wrap-around style sunglasses with 99 or higher UV block.

These sun safety messages are an example of what we share with our Progressive Agriculture Safety Day participants. In 2019, Sun Safety reached more than 28,000 youth living on farms, on ranches, or in rural communities. Apply by July 15th to host a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day in your community for 2021 by visiting www.progressiveag.org or call 888-257-3529. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Safety Day events planned for the spring and summer have postponed or may happen virtually.

Looking to make a safe investment? Help send another child to a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day by texting the word “SAFETYDAY” to 44321 or visit progressiveag.org/Donate.

Photo 1:  During a sun safety station at a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day®, participants take part in hands-on activities involving ultraviolet detecting beads to learn the dangers of excessive sun exposure.

Photo 2: Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® participant learns the importance of applying and re-applying sunscreen.

 

Application Period Opens for 2021 Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® Program

Communities interested in hosting a Safety Day are encouraged to apply by July 15, 2020.

The Progressive Agriculture Foundation® has opened the application period for the 2021 Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program. Applications are available to individuals and organizations interested in conducting a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day for their community during the 2021 calendar year.

19-855_LawnEquipSafety_11795For the past 26 years, the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program has provided education, training and resources to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for children and their communities. With the support of dedicated volunteers and generous partners, the program has reached more than 1.8 million children and adults to date, helping Progressive Agriculture Safety Days become recognized as the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America.

“Over the past few months, we have successfully been navigating through limitations with allowing in-person events stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Brian Kuhl, president and chief executive officer of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation. “We have provided a vast amount of resources online through our Daily Learning Drop series and virtual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day events. The excitement surrounding our 2021 Safety Day season has given us something to look forward to during these challenging times.”

Last year alone, more than 500 community leaders were trained to coordinate one-day, age-appropriate, hands-on events for children ages 4 to 13 on topics affecting the safety of rural communities. The 2021 Progressive Agriculture Safety Day season will offer an even broader selection of new and emerging safety topics, such as stress management and mental well-being and the dangers of vaping.

Applications for the 2021 Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program are being accepted now through July 15, 2020. In an effort to keep the safety and health of volunteer coordinators a top priority due to uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Progressive Agriculture Foundation has moved all in-person trainings for coordinators online. Virtual trainings for the 2021 season will be offered starting this fall and will continue throughout the winter.

In addition to training and year-round staff support, the Progressive Agriculture Foundation provides t-shirts, take-home bags and insurance coverage for all participants and volunteers, along with peer-reviewed safety and health curriculum featuring hundreds of hands-on activities and demonstrations.

For safety resources or details about coordinating, volunteering or attending a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day, call 888-257-3529 or visit progressiveag.org.

Looking to make a safe investment? Help send a child to a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day event by texting the word “SAFETYDAY” to 44321 or visiting progressiveag.org/donate.

Photo: At Progressive Agriculture Safety Days, community volunteers engage with local youth through age-appropriate, hands-on learning in a fun and safe manner.