UMASH staff participated in the 2018 North American Manure Expo, August 15-16 in Brookings, South Dakota. The Manure Expo offered multiple learning and engagement opportunities which included farm tours, demonstrations, a trade show, industry presentations, seminars and field application demos. About 1,300 people attended the meeting.
During the seminar sessions, Chela Vázquez from UMASH gave a presentation on Working Across Language and Cultural Barriers in Agriculture. Dr. Vázquez spoke of the realities and challenges faced by immigrant agricultural workers and introduced the Seguridad en las Lecherías (Safety in Dairy farms) curriculum, which was developed in Wisconsin to prevent workers’ injuries on dairy farms. The curriculum is now being implemented in Minnesota as part of the Promoting Worker Health and Safety for Immigrant Dairy Workers project.