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Our History
1990
  • The Progressive Farmer magazine profiles nearly 100 farm fatalities, many of whom were children. The magazine receives more letters and calls on this story than any other in its history. Included in this issue is the following letter "Just Say No, Please Say No" written by a father about his son.
  • The magazine begins devoting space in every issue to farm safety and health topics.
1995
  • The Progressive Farmer editor Jack Odle begins the Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Day Camp program as an additional effort to prevent farm injuries and deaths.
  • The magazine sponsors 19 safety day camps across the South and Midwest, reaching more than 2,800 participants and volunteers.
1996
  • The Progressive Farmer magazine establishes a nonprofit charitable foundation called the Progressive Farmer Foundation.
1998
  • The Iowa Blue Cross/Blue Shield Farm Safety Day Camp Program, coordinated by the Iowa AgriSafe Network and Spencer Hospital in Spencer, Iowa, becomes a part of the Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Day Camp® program.
1999
  • The safety day camp program wins a special citation for public service from the Henry R. Luce Award by Time, Inc.
2001
  • Southern Progress Corporation (parent company for The Progressive Farmer, Southern Living, Coastal Living and Cooking Light magazines) nominates the safety day camp program for the International AOL/Time Warner Andrew Heiskel Community Service Award.
2002
  • The Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Day Camp program becomes a stand-alone program, outside the auspices of The Progressive Farmer magazine. Ownership and governance shifts from the Progressive Farmer Foundation to its successor, the Progressive Agriculture Foundation.
  • Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program expands to Canada.
2005
  • Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program expands to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
2006
  • The name of the program is officially changed to the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program.
  • Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program expands to American Samoa.
2007
  • First French-language Progressive Agriculture Safety Day is held.
2008
  • The foundation receives the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance National Charity Seal, demonstrating its commitment to accountability and ethical practices.
2009
  • Progressive Agriculture Safety Day manuals are translated into French.
  • Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program receives the Safe Communities Canada Ambassador for Safety Community Service Partner Award.
2011
  • Program reaches its one millionth participant/volunteer.
2012
  • Program becomes licensed in Argentina and Uruguay.
  • Select Safety Day lessons are translated into Spanish.
2015
  • Program becomes licensed in Brazil.
  • Select Safety Day lessons are translated into Portuguese.
2016
  • Progressive Agriculture Safety Day surpasses the 1.5 million mark for children and adults impacted.
  • The Farm Safety For Just Kids (FS4JK) organization announces it will dissolved after more than three decades and will donate assets and resources to the Progressive Agriculture Foundation.
  • The Progressive Agriculture Foundation is named a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator.
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