You may be familiar with Farm Safety For Just Kids, the Iowa-based outreach program dedicated to making children and their farming parents more aware of the dangers both obvious and hidden on modern farms. As the organization approached its 30th year, its board of directors took a look at the landscape for farm safety and decided to make a strategic move. Farm Safety For Just Kids will dissolve at the end of 2016. The organization’s education, research and outreach efforts will continue through the Progressive Agriculture Foundation (PAF), an organization with a similar mission.
Farm Safety For Just Kids’ library of educational materials and other assets will be donated to the Birmingham, Alabama-based PAF. Management of the 2016 Outreach program will be transferred to PAF, and Farm Safety For Just Kids, also known as FS4JK, will no longer accept monetary donations from individuals or organizations. As part of the transition, FS4JK will donate $5,000 to both the National 4-H Council and National FFA Organization to recognize their advocacy work for youth safety in agriculture. The balance of the organization’s assets will be donated to the Progressive Agriculture Foundation.
“We are proud of the work we have done to promote farm safety for the youngest members of farm families,” says Farm Safety For Just Kids founder and president Marilyn Adams. “We believe this move will further the mission of keeping farms safe for youth. That was the goal 30 years ago, and that remains the goal today. We feel the organization has accomplished what we set out to do almost 30 years ago: To support farm safety education in the U.S. and around the world. I believe that this move will further the mission we all have worked hard to accomplish.”
Motivated by her own family’s tragic circumstances surrounding a farm accident, Adams started Farm Safety For Just Kids in 1987 during a time when there were few resources for promoting safety on farms and educating young people on farm safety. Though the transition to the Progressive Ag Foundation marks the end of Farm Safety For Just Kids as it is known today, Adams says she is excited about PAF’s plans to continue the legacy of agricultural health and safety education for youth on farms in the U.S. and around the world.