The Progressive Agriculture Foundation® has appointed Susan Turner of Tompkinsville, Ky., as its new Outreach Specialist, and announced the promotion of Jana Davidson to Program Manager.
As Outreach Specialist, Turner will play a critical role in developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy to increase the reach of the foundation’s Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® programs across North America, while working directly with rural communities.
“Susan has an outstanding track record in youth outreach and development, and I am confident that her vast experience and skills will help further the mission and impact of the foundation,” said Brian Kuhl, President and CEO. of the leadership of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation.
“She brings a wealth of knowledge through her involvement at local, regional and national levels.”
Most recently, Turner served as the County Extension 4-H Youth Development Officer for the University of Kentucky Extension in Monroe County and has been involved in foundation programs locally since the beginning of her career extension – taking on the role of Senior Safety Day Coordinator in 2019.
During her tenure with the extension system, Turner also served as the Southern Region Director of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA), now known as the National Association of Extension 4- H Youth Development Professionals? (NAE4-HYDP).
“I am excited to begin the work of strengthening the awareness efforts of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation and its Progressive Agriculture Safety Day programs as well as working closely with our rural communities for the safety and health of our young people. said Turner.
“One of the most important life skills lessons we can offer is to ensure that our children have the information they need to make good decisions about their safety and health on the farm, in their homes and in our communities. »
Turner will begin her role with the foundation on February 22, 2022.
As Program Manager, Davidson will lead the foundation’s program team overseeing the day-to-day and long-term operations of the program, while continuing to strengthen the reach, impact and overall results of Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® programs. .
She will guide program staff through ongoing efforts to reach more children, families, and communities across North America to better align with ongoing needs in rural and agricultural landscapes.
“Jana’s unwavering decision-making, innovative approach and precision have continued to elevate the foundation’s programming efforts globally,” Kuhl added.
“She has shown exemplary leadership in leading the charge with alternative programming approaches as the Foundation navigates the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), while also leading the creation of the new online coordinator training.”
For the past seven years, Davidson has been the educational content specialist, with the foundation playing an instrumental role in expanding the foundation’s strong Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program, which now includes more than 30 topics and hundreds of demonstrations. practice.
“Since discovering the program in 2005 as a volunteer, I immediately felt a real connection to the Foundation’s core values, mission and vision,” Davidson said.
“Now, after many years of growing with the program and tasked with helping to guide Progressive Agriculture Safety Days into the future, I am both honored to have the opportunity and thrilled to work alongside a team incredible.”
To learn more about the Progressive Agriculture Foundation, its Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program and staff, visit: http://www.progressiveag.org.