Ag Educator Resources

Teaching agriculture safety and health is an important topic for the next generation of farmers and related agriculture professions.

To assist teachers incorporating agricultural safety and health, UMASH has compiled a list of resources that can be used during the academic school year, such as: lesson plans, awareness events and additional resources to integrate health and safety topics into the classroom in a teacher friendly format. While not an exhaustive list, these resources cover many safety aspects related to agriculture and include tips on how to use the material in the classroom.

If you have questions or suggestions for additional teaching resources, please contact us:

Email: umash@umn.edu
Phone: 612-625-8836

 

CLASSROOM RESOURCES



Planning TemplatePLANNING TEMPLATE

Get started now on organizing your lesson plans for the school year using our curriculum planning template! 

The template has space for you to plan ag health and safety topics, awareness events, and other ways to highlight ag health and safety throughout the school year.  Some of the “other ideas” could include: guest speakers, field trips, research projects and social media campaigns!

Use this planning template in conjunction with our 10 Ways to Incorporate Agricultural Health and Safety Into the Classroom to prepare a comprehensive ag health and safety lesson plan.


AG SAFETY AND HEALTH TOPICS

AGRITOURISM

Agritourism involves hosting on farm events for the public to attend, like petting zoos and apple orchards.

AGRICULTURAL MEDIA GUIDELINES

Communication guidelines which reinforce safe agricultural practices in photos and text.

ANIMAL HANDLING / STOCKMANSHIP
ATV SAFETY

ATV’s are widely used on farms and can be hazardous to operate. Learn about proper use and personal protective equipment when using an ATV.

CHILD SAFETY / YOUTH WORKERS

Resources for youth of all ages who are involved in agriculture in family business or as an employment opportunity. Ensure safety and age-appropriate jobs for family members and hired workers.

ELECTRICAL SAFETY

Electricity can be a curious subject and also extremely dangerous. These resources can assist in teaching electrical safety, and about electricity itself.

NEEDLESTICK PREVENTION

Needlestick injuries are usually minor, but they can be serious. This information assists in proper needle handling and disposal of sharps.

OPIOID EDUCATION AND RESOURCES

In 2017, more than 72,000 Americans died from a drug overdose. The impact of this issue on small towns and rural places has been particularly significant.

ROADWAY SAFETY - RURAL AND URBAN

Rural roads pose special dangers with curves, two-way traffic, slow-moving farm vehicles, wildlife, narrow lanes, and more. Safety tips for your equipment and how to safely share the road.

SKID STEER SAFETY

Skid steers are common on farms and have unique features that make them dangerous particularly to youth including blind spots, moving buckets and varying centers of balance.

STRESS AND MENTAL WELL-BEING

Adults and youth experience the stress of working in agriculture today. These resources will help build awareness, offer coping skills and provide additional information for all members of the family.

STORYTELLING

Storytelling is a unique teaching tool to enhance participation and discussion in classrooms related to agriculture injuries and tragedies.

TRACTOR SAFETY

Tractors are the leading cause of accidental deaths on farms. Over the years, many farmers, farm workers and others living on or visiting farms, have been killed or seriously injured.

TRAIN / RAIL SAFETY

Every three hours in America, either a person or a vehicle is hit by a train, and too many of these incidents happen at grade crossings.

 


AWARENESS EVENTS

 


10 WAYS TO INCORPORATE AG HEALTH AND SAFETY INTO THE CLASSROOM

These 10 suggestions are just a starting point and meant to spark ideas for ways to bring more agricultural health and safety awareness and education into your classroom!

 

 


TEACHING RESOURCES

 


DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Student

  • Contact your local and state agriculture association for information and dates regarding FFA conferences and other student safety and health events!
  • Share the UMASH website when assigning a research project or participating in a developmental competition to find resources about agricultural health and safety.

 

Teachers/Professional

  • Contact local agricultural associations for updates and information on professional development events and agriculture education conference updates. Examples of events to attend:
  • National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Conventions
  • International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) Conferences
  • Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) Institute Conferences
  • Local and regional state agricultural association conferences