Progressive Agriculture Safety Day Selected as Recipient of the National Safety Council’s Green Cross Safety Advocacy Award

NSC Green Gross Photo 1 Close UpOutstanding achievements in safety were recognized at the Green Cross for Safety Awards celebration held on May 16 at the Swissotel in Chicago. Progressive Agriculture Safety Day®, a program of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation®, took home the National Safety Council’s Green Cross Safety Advocate Award.

This prestigious award recognizes the advancement of evidence-based best practices to raise awareness or change policy to prevent further injuries and deaths. The annual celebration of safety, put on by the National Safety Council, brings together mission-driven advocates, safety professionals, corporations and government officials from around the country with the common goal of creating a safer world.

“To be recognized with a National Safety Council Award is validation of the hard work by many in the name of safety, both inside and outside the organizational setting,” says Amy K. Harper, PhD, CSP, SMS director of workplace strategy and consulting operations, National Safety Council. “Those dedicated to safety as a profession are passionate advocates for improvement and are skilled leaders and listeners. It is our hope that recognition of excellence in safety will not only encourage other companies to emulate what works, but provide a benchmark and inspiration for what is possible.”

The Progressive Agriculture Foundation was recognized for its recent project with the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health and the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health called Creating Enduring Resources for Farm Safety Education. This program provided Progressive Agriculture Safety Day coordinators with a collection of digital resources highlighting various safety topics, as well as instructions on how to build props to effectively demonstrate proper farm and health safety strategies to children at Progressive Agriculture Safety Day events.

NSC Green Cross 2019 Photo 2The Green Cross Safety Advocate Award was sponsored by FirstGroup, a leading provider of transport services in the UK and North America. Brian Kuhl, chief executive officer, and Jana Davidson, education content specialist, accepted the award on behalf of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation.

“Looking back to the early 1990s, the foundation for our program began,” shared Kuhl. “Jack Odle, then the editor-in-chief of The Progressive Farmer magazine, became frustrated writing about heartbreaking incidents causing injury and death among farmers and farm families, which were shared through the magazine’s series called ‘Our Deadly Harvest.’ Jack vowed to lead an effort to help reduce these occurrences, gathering several agricultural safety and health professionals to make a positive change.”

“This is a recognition of the past 25 years of growth and a rallying cry for the next 25 — a step that brings us closer to our vision of living in a world where no child will ever become ill, suffer an injury or die from farm, ranch or rural activities,” said Kuhl.

Other award recipients included Nationwide, which took home the Safety Excellence Award, and Schneider, which earned the Safety Innovation Award. For more on the event and the award winners, visit

PHOTO 1 (left to right): Progressive Agriculture Foundation’s Jana Davidson, education content specialist, and Brian Kuhl, chief executive officer, accept the National Safety Council’s Green Cross Safety Advocate Award at an award celebration held on May 16 in Chicago.

PHOTO 2 (left to right): Darryl C. Hill, senior vice-president of safety at FirstGroup America, presented the National Safety Council’s Green Cross Safety Advocate Award to Progressive Agriculture Foundation’s Jana Davidson, education content specialist, and Brian Kuhl, chief executive officer, along with Nicholas J. Smith, interim president and CEO of the National Safety Council, and Mark Vergnano, National Safety Council chairman and CEO of The Chemours Company.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL — The National Safety Council ( is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact.

Add a Safety Focus to Your Spring Planting Season

By: Jana L. Davidson, Education Content Specialist for the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® Program

The agriculture industry continues to remain the most dangerous in the U.S. with farming leading as one of the most hazardous occupations. Just like fall harvest, with putting in long hours and rushing to complete tasks, the likelihood of a preventable incident occurring increases during spring planting season. Most farms are safe places; however, during these busy times of year, we tend to abandon our safety focus.

The risk of cutting corners to get tasks accomplished in a short amount of time can be deadly; therefore, setting realistic, daily goals can help you start off on the right foot. Reviewing safety protocols with all workers, both new and seasoned, is essentially in the safety and well-being of all. Avoid skipping meals and dodging breaks and stay hydrated and get plenty of sleep, as this is not only detrimental to a farmer’s health but can affect concentration. Losing focus can result in injury or death to not only the farmer, but other workers. Continuously check for blind spots and take time to do a walkabout around your equipment.

Spring planting means more farm vehicles will be sharing the roadways with other vehicles; therefore, be mindful as you transport equipment on public roadways. Do your best to be visible and warn the public that you are moving more slowly than they are by using warning systems such as flashing lights, extremity markings and slow-moving vehicle (SMV) emblem. SMV emblems should be in place and clean from dirt and debris and on all tractors and machinery that cannot maintain speeds above 25 miles per hour.

Tom WallThe family of Tom Wall know far too well about the dangers of spring planting season. Tom was a beloved husband, father and active within his community. He was recognized as an Iowa Master Farmer and served as a long-time leader of a local 4-H club. Sadly, Tom was tragically killed in a tractor-roadway incident on May 26, 2016 at the age of 55. Since the day of Tom’s passing, the Wall family vowed to turn their loss into a positive purpose for others and increase safety for those living on farms, ranches and rural areas.

For more information or to locate a Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® near you, visit or call us toll-free at 888-257-3529. The program is celebrating 25 years with more than 400 events planned in rural communities this year. You can help send another child to a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day®, just like the family of Tom Wall, with a modest donation of only $13 by texting the word “SAFETYDAY” to 41444 or visiting

Photo:  To honor her father’s legacy, Tom Wall’s daughter Sarah, who participated in a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® as a child, decided to ask people to donate in her dad’s name. To date, this small act raised more than $500 and will enable the Progressive Agriculture Foundation to send at least 44 participants to a local Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® in their community.