The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program, formerly known as the Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Day Camp program, was developed by the Progressive Agriculture Foundation as a means of disseminating information about farm and ranch safety for children. The program trains local community members and provides them with resources to organize and conduct day-long safety training sessions for children. Sessions include age-appropriate, hands-on learning activities and address such topics as:
- fire safety,
- first aid,
- electrical safety,
- all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety, and
- animal safety.
Click here to be directed to the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day home page. From the home page, you can access the dates for upcoming Safety Days or sign up to host a Safety Day.
Children ages 8 to 13 are the primary target audience for Safety Days, but curricula are also available for younger children (ages 4 to 7) and whole families. Anyone interested in providing safety information to youth (e.g., Cooperative Extension educator, staff of nonprofit organizations, hospital personnel, etc.) can apply to serve as a Safety Day coordinator.
Support for Communities Hosting a Safety Day
The Progressive Agriculture Foundation provides the following items and support to those communities selected to participate in the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program:
- training for the Safety Day coordinator
- materials to plan and conduct the event
- free T-shirts and take-home bags for Safety Day volunteers and participants
- publicity for the event in the Progressive Farmer magazine, Farm Progress magazine, and Farm Journal and through national media outlets
- sample media releases
- liability and excess medical insurance to cover participants who attend the event
- a large “Welcome” banner for use at the Safety Day
- information exchange
- support via phone and email
In addition to providing training and resources, the Progressive Agriculture Foundation provides Safety Day participants and leaders materials to evaluate the program and give feedback. Evaluations are conducted immediately following the event and, when grant funding is available, at intervals after the event. Evaluations collected in post-event interviews conducted three months and one year after the Safety Day have shown significant increases in knowledge and safe behaviors.
Click here for more information about the Progressive Agriculture Foundation.
Click here to be directed to the Farm and Ranch eXtension in Safety and Health website, a national clearinghouse for agricultural safety and health information.
Use the following format to cite this article:
Progressive Agricultural Safety Day. (2012) Farm and Ranch eXtension in Safety and Health (FReSH) Community of Practice. Retrieved from http://www.extension.org/pages/63425/progressive-agriculture-safety-day.