URBANDALE, Iowa, (AgPR), March 11, 2010 — Farm Safety 4 Just Kids, www.fs4jk.org, has received $2,500 from CoBank on behalf of Daniel T. Kelley, first vice chairman of the cooperative bank’s board and owner of Kelley Farms, a diversified corn and soybean operation in Normal, Illinois.
The donation will be used to support the organization’s $10 million Children Safety Campaign endowment. Farm Safety 4 Just Kids promotes a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. The organization produces and distributes educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment, and is supported by a network of 137 chapters and 6,200 grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada.
“We certainly appreciate this generous gift from CoBank in support of our agricultural risk and safety education programs,” Founding President Marilyn Adams said. “Each year, hundreds of children die and thousands are injured on the farm where they live, work and play. This contribution will make a meaningful difference in keeping rural children safe.”
“I’m incredibly proud that the bank is underwriting Farm Safety 4 Just Kids,” Kelley said. “This donation will play an important role in equipping families on farms and ranches with the knowledge they need to maintain a safe environment for children.”
Farm Safety 4 Just Kids receives the gift as part of CoBank’s corporate giving program, which allows employees and board members to direct bank donations to their choice of non-profit organizations and programs. Through the program, CoBank donated more than $1.2 million last year to benefit local communities where its employees and directors live and work.