Farm Safety for Just Kids Disbands After 3 Decades

Kelly MarshallAg Group, Safety

Progressive Agriculture Foundation2016 will mark the end of Farm Safety for Just Kids (FS4JK). The Board of Directors has announced that further education, research and outreach will happen through the Progressive Agriculture Foundation (PAF). PAF has a similar mission and founder Marilyn Adams likens it to “sending your child off to college.”

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.

FS4JK’s materials and assets will be donated to the Birmingham, Alabama-based PAF. FS4JK will no longer be accepting donations, but as part of the transition, FS4JK will be donating $5,000 to each the National 4-H Council and the National FFA Organization for youth safety advocacy.

“We are proud of the work we have done to promote farm safety for the youngest members of farm families,” says 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.”