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Farm Safety 4 Just Kids (founding chapter) records

Identifier: IWA0381

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Scope and Contents

The Farm Safety 4 Just Kids records date from 1990 to 1998 and measure 3 linear inches. The records contain several articles on safety that were published in Progressive Farmer, Successful Farming and Farm Journal. Also included is an article on safety published by the J. I. Case Company. The Farm Safety 4 Just Kids records contain several brochures published and distributed by the organization, along with decals to place on farm machinery and a catalog of products that include clothing, educational toys, books, and videos dealing with children's farm safety issues. Promotional materials include a plastic bag with the Farm Safety 4 Just Kids logo on it and a poster. The collection also includes an autographed copy of Rhythm of the Seasons, written by Marilyn Adams with Mary Kay Shanley. Rhythm of the Seasons is a full color children's book relating Adams' emotional journey as she dealt with the farm-related death of her son Keith.


  • Creation: 1990-1998


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The papers are open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

In the fall of 1986, 11-year-old Keith Algreen suffocated in a gravity flow wagon of shelled corn on his family's Iowa farm. After her son's death, Marilyn Adams and her family began a campaign to promote awareness of the dangers of gravity flow wagons by distributing danger decals through local Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapters. In the process, Adams discovered that an alarmingly high number of children were injured and killed on farms each year. Adams initiated Farm Safety 4 Just Kids (FS4JK) in 1987, just one year after her son's death, in an effort to spare others the heartache of losing a child in a preventable farming accident.

Farm Safety 4 Just Kids advocates the prevention of farm-related childhood injuries, health risks and fatalities. The organization has grown from a small, local grassroots organization to over 3000 members in 85 chapters in the United States and Canada. Farm Safety 4 Just Kids has undertaken a comprehensive program that works within the existing farm culture to help adults become more responsible farm parents and to help kids learn to participate in a safe farm life free from harm. History information from 'Farm Safety 4 Just Kids makes history, Outer Limits, September 18, 1998 (Winterset, Iowa).


3.00 linear inches

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An organization advocating the prevention of farm-related childhood injuries, health risks and fatalities.

Method of Acquisition

The records (donor no. 544) were donated by Marilyn Adams in 1998.


Lisa Mott, 2003.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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