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America Selects Earlham Resident Marilyn Adams as One of the Nation's Top Hometown Heroes
Date:1/18/2008

e announced that evening.

"I'm very honored to be a finalist," Adams said. "The support Farm Safety 4 Just Kids received sends a strong message to the public recognizing agricultural safety as an important topic. With the donation, we plan to establish an endowment fund to secure the future of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids. The award will also further our cause to educate the rural community on the various hazards present on farms and ranches."

More About Marilyn Adams

Twenty years ago, Adams, now 57, faced every mother's greatest fear. Her eleven-year-old son, Keith, suffocated in a gravity flow wagon while helping with the first full day of harvest on the family's farm in Iowa. Determined to find a constructive outlet for her grief, she was inspired to create a nonprofit organization working to educate children about farm safety and health. Today, thousands of volunteers across the United States and Canada work to keep rural kids safe and healthy.

In 1987, Adams founded Farm Safety 4 Just Kids and set out on a mission to promote safe farm environments and eliminate farm-related child health hazards, injuries and fatalities. A report by the National Safety Council found that children between the ages of five and 14 were 66 percent more likely to be injured in a farm accident than adults aged 45 to 64.

Farm Safety 4 Just Kids' contribution to the farm safety movement has helped to reduce the number of agriculture-related fatalities among children in the United States. Farm families now have additional programs and educational materials highlighting the dangers that children can encounter on farms, and information about how to avoid them. Farm Safety 4 Just Kids now has 137 chapters throughout North America. Through her visits to rural schools, media appearances, testimony before government agencies and in Congress, Adams has spread her farm safety message across the country.

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