Farm Safety Camps to Reach Children in 37 States This Year

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Southern Progress Corp.

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Every
 year, lives are needlessly lost or tragically altered by farming accidents.
 In 2001, Progressive Farmer magazine will continue its grass-roots effort to
 prevent these accidents by sponsoring 245 Farm Safety Day Camps in 37 states.
     Each day camp provides hands-on workshops on topics such as ATV safety,
 grain bin safety, first aid, tractor safety and water safety.
     "Farming is one of the most rewarding occupations in the world, but it's
 also one of the most dangerous," said Progressive Farmer Editor Jack Odle.
 "From the calls and letters we receive, it's clear that even adults sometimes
 underestimate the dangers involved, and children almost always do.  Our goal
 is to teach kids to think before they act.  We want to make safety a habit,
 and we want kids to have a good time developing that habit."
     The magazine established its Farm Safety Day Camp program in 1995.  That
 year, about 2,000 young people attended. Since then, the program has reached
 more than 147,500 campers in 39 states and has included 73,000 volunteers.
 Many areas have even extended the program to include all family members.
     "Even though it's designed for farm children, we've found that the program
 reaches entire communities," said Susan Reynolds, who directs the camp program
 for Progressive Farmer.  "At many of our camps, we have almost as many adults
 and older youth volunteers as we do campers.  Some of the camps become family
 events with sessions for both children and adults.  Many coordinators include
 topics that are important to those who live in town, as well as folks who
 live, work or visit on farms."
     The Progressive Farmer Day Camps are successful because they are as much
 fun as they are educational, explained Ms. Reynolds.  Camps are held at farms,
 schools or parks in rural areas and are coordinated locally by county
 Extension agents, health care professionals, FFA, Farm Bureau committees, Farm
 Safety 4 Just Kids chapters, Resource Conservation & Development staff and
 other farm and ranch organizations.  Age-appropriate learning stations allow
 campers to be involved in hands-on demonstrations, and community leaders share
 their personal experiences and lead discussions.
     "Whenever we sit down and talk with a group of farmers, everyone has had
 at least one close call, and yet everyone has occasionally ignored safety
 precautions and taken unnecessary chances," said Odle.  "These are our readers
 who are being injured and killed, and we want to do something about it.  We
 think the camps are a great way to reach kids at an early age and, at the same
 time, get their parents involved."
     Progressive Farmer Publisher Ed Dickinson said that many companies have
 also offered their support.  The 2001 national sponsors of the program are
 Pioneer Hi- Bred International, The Philip Morris Family of Companies, Farm
 Plan; AGCO, Cargill, Inc.; Case IH, Rooster.com, Shell Lubricants; Asgrow
 Brand Seed and Dupont Crop Protection.
     "The support of these outstanding companies has enabled us to take the
 safety message to a very important audience -- our kids," said Dickinson. "By
 sponsoring our efforts to make safety a top priority, they're helping us make
 a real difference in the lives of farm families."
     The 2001 day camps will be held in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California,
 Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas,
 Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri,
 Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio,
 Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia,
 Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.  For a listing of camp
 locations in your area, log on to www.progressivefarmer.com .
     Progressive Farmer is published by Southern Progress Corp., which also
 publishes Southern Living, Southern Accents, Cooking Light, Health and Coastal
 Living magazines, as well as Oxmoor House books. The Birmingham-based company
 is a leading publisher of lifestyle magazines and books. The camps are funded
 by the Progressive Farmer Fund.  Established in 1997, the Progressive Farmer
 Fund, a division of the Southern Progress Foundation, is a 501(c)(3)
 charitable organization.
 
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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Every
 year, lives are needlessly lost or tragically altered by farming accidents.
 In 2001, Progressive Farmer magazine will continue its grass-roots effort to
 prevent these accidents by sponsoring 245 Farm Safety Day Camps in 37 states.
     Each day camp provides hands-on workshops on topics such as ATV safety,
 grain bin safety, first aid, tractor safety and water safety.
     "Farming is one of the most rewarding occupations in the world, but it's
 also one of the most dangerous," said Progressive Farmer Editor Jack Odle.
 "From the calls and letters we receive, it's clear that even adults sometimes
 underestimate the dangers involved, and children almost always do.  Our goal
 is to teach kids to think before they act.  We want to make safety a habit,
 and we want kids to have a good time developing that habit."
     The magazine established its Farm Safety Day Camp program in 1995.  That
 year, about 2,000 young people attended. Since then, the program has reached
 more than 147,500 campers in 39 states and has included 73,000 volunteers.
 Many areas have even extended the program to include all family members.
     "Even though it's designed for farm children, we've found that the program
 reaches entire communities," said Susan Reynolds, who directs the camp program
 for Progressive Farmer.  "At many of our camps, we have almost as many adults
 and older youth volunteers as we do campers.  Some of the camps become family
 events with sessions for both children and adults.  Many coordinators include
 topics that are important to those who live in town, as well as folks who
 live, work or visit on farms."
     The Progressive Farmer Day Camps are successful because they are as much
 fun as they are educational, explained Ms. Reynolds.  Camps are held at farms,
 schools or parks in rural areas and are coordinated locally by county
 Extension agents, health care professionals, FFA, Farm Bureau committees, Farm
 Safety 4 Just Kids chapters, Resource Conservation & Development staff and
 other farm and ranch organizations.  Age-appropriate learning stations allow
 campers to be involved in hands-on demonstrations, and community leaders share
 their personal experiences and lead discussions.
     "Whenever we sit down and talk with a group of farmers, everyone has had
 at least one close call, and yet everyone has occasionally ignored safety
 precautions and taken unnecessary chances," said Odle.  "These are our readers
 who are being injured and killed, and we want to do something about it.  We
 think the camps are a great way to reach kids at an early age and, at the same
 time, get their parents involved."
     Progressive Farmer Publisher Ed Dickinson said that many companies have
 also offered their support.  The 2001 national sponsors of the program are
 Pioneer Hi- Bred International, The Philip Morris Family of Companies, Farm
 Plan; AGCO, Cargill, Inc.; Case IH, Rooster.com, Shell Lubricants; Asgrow
 Brand Seed and Dupont Crop Protection.
     "The support of these outstanding companies has enabled us to take the
 safety message to a very important audience -- our kids," said Dickinson. "By
 sponsoring our efforts to make safety a top priority, they're helping us make
 a real difference in the lives of farm families."
     The 2001 day camps will be held in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California,
 Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas,
 Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri,
 Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio,
 Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia,
 Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.  For a listing of camp
 locations in your area, log on to www.progressivefarmer.com .
     Progressive Farmer is published by Southern Progress Corp., which also
 publishes Southern Living, Southern Accents, Cooking Light, Health and Coastal
 Living magazines, as well as Oxmoor House books. The Birmingham-based company
 is a leading publisher of lifestyle magazines and books. The camps are funded
 by the Progressive Farmer Fund.  Established in 1997, the Progressive Farmer
 Fund, a division of the Southern Progress Foundation, is a 501(c)(3)
 charitable organization.
 
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