Farm Safety Check: Safety for Working Youth

Farms and ranches are home to many things that are beneficial to both children and adults. Many adults who grew up on farms are happy to talk about the benefits of being raised on a farm – from instilling a good work ethic and teaching responsibility to building character and a passion, love and respect for the land.

However, youth doing work that doesn’t match their developmental level and abilities increases the risk of injury. Children, teens, and adults working on farms face hazards not encountered in other jobs.

Use these guidelines to help determine if a youth is ready to perform a job and learn about hazards and keeping working youth safe.

Supporting Farmers in Stressful Times

Farmers and rural communities face unique stresses and emotional situations, including financial challenges, unpredictable weather, physically demanding work, and more.

Farm & Rural Helpline

833-600-2670 (toll free)

The helpline is available to Minnesota farmers, rural residents, and anyone unsure of what to do about family or friends who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, or a mental health crisis.

This service is free, confidential, and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.








The center is a collaboration of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and College of Veterinary Medicine, the National Farm Medicine Center of the Marshfield Clinic with the Migrant Clinicians Network, and the Minnesota Department of Health. This collaboration brings together unique and complimentary expertise to address existing and emerging occupational health and safety issues in agriculture.

  • University of Minnesota School of Public Health
  • National Farm Medicine Center
  • University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Minnesota Department of Health
  • Migrant Clinicians Network