BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — With the fall harvest quickly approaching, and National Farm Safety & Health Week recognized September 19-25, the Progressive Agriculture Foundation reminds individuals – on and off the farm – to stay safe and healthy.
“The harvest season is known as one of the busiest, most dangerous times of the year in the agriculture industry,” said Brian Kuhl, president and chief executive officer of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation. “We also know that unfortunately the life of a child can quickly be impacted by these industry risks.”
According to the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, it is estimated that every three days a child dies, and each day 33 children are injured, due to an agriculture-related incident.
These staggering statics remind us how critical safety and health education is for our youth on the farm, on the ranch, and in our rural communities, added Kuhl.
Throughout National Farm Safety and Health Week, the Progressive Agriculture Foundation will share tips and educational resources designed for youth audiences that align with the national topics for each day.
The daily topics include:
- Monday, September 20, 2021: Tractor Safety & Rural Roadway Safety
- Tuesday, September 21, 2021: Overall Farmer Health
- Wednesday, September 22, 2021: Safety & Health for Youth in Agriculture
- Thursday, September 23, 2021: Agricultural Fertilizer & Chemical Safety
- Friday, September 24, 2021: Safety & Health for Women in Agriculture
This year’s theme is: “Farm Safety Yields Real Results.”
To receive daily safety tips and educational resources throughout National Farm Safety & Health Week, or to learn more about the Progressive Agriculture Foundation, visit www.progressiveag.org or follow the Foundation on social media @PAFSafetyDays.
About Progressive Agriculture Foundation®
The Progressive Agriculture Foundation® (PAF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the mission to provide education, training, and resources to make farm, ranch, and rural life safer and healthier for all children and their communities. PAF builds partnerships to secure resources for the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program, which is recognized as the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America.
Since the inception of the Foundation’s program in 1995, more than 1.8 million individuals – and counting – have been reached in 45 states, two territories, and nine Canadian providences. For more information about PAF and its programs, visit: http://www.progressiveag.org.
About National Farm Safety and Health Week
The 2019 data for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the agricultural sector is still the most dangerous in America with 573 fatalities, or an equivalent of 23.1 deaths per 100,000 workers. Fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agriculture industry. For this reason, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week. This annual promotion initiated by the National Safety Council has been proclaimed as such by each sitting U.S. President since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944. National Farm Safety and Health Week is led by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), the agricultural partner of the National Safety Council.
— Progressive Agriculture Foundation®