What We Know About the Effectiveness of Farm Safety Day Programs and What We Need to Know


  • Funding: Work on this project and some of the studies cited were funded by CDC/NIOSH grants R01 OH07536, R01 OH04157, and R01 OH009197. The authors are solely responsible for the contents.

  • Disclosures: This paper is based partially on a presentation made at the Priester National Extension Health Conference, Mobile, Alabama, April 2010.

  • For further information, contact: Debra M. McCallum, PhD, Box 870216, University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 35487; e-mail: dmccallu@ua.edu.


Background: Farm safety day camps are grassroots educational interventions organized and conducted by members of a local community. These events are held in an effort to promote safety knowledge and behavior in children who live on family farms or are exposed to the hazards of the agricultural industry. Since the dramatic increase in farm safety day camps beginning in the 1990s, researchers have been called upon to evaluate their effectiveness.

Purpose: The current paper reviews more than a decade of research, describing what is currently known about the effectiveness of farm safety days and suggesting potential methods for addressing questions regarding gaps in what we know about their effectiveness.

Conclusions: The results of these evaluations indicate that farm safety days have a positive impact on children's safety behavior and knowledge; however, much remains to be investigated regarding the effectiveness and impact of these interventions.