Growing up in rural America, agriculture classes and FFA are two avenues that many youth choose to participate in, particularly if they are planning a
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SPOTLIGHT: Michael Pate and Agricultural Safety Education Initiative
SPOTLIGHT: Rural Firefighters Delivering Agricultural Safety and Health: Putting it into Practice
Rural firefighters are many times volunteers and serve the agricultural community by responding to emergencies both on and off farms. One UMASH program
SPOTLIGHT: Produce Safety
Alexandra Cortes, Outreach staff Produce Safety Program, Minnesota Department of Agriculture What comes to mind when you think about the risks in a farm
SPOTLIGHT: The Opioid Crisis – Where Can You Turn for Help?
Opioid dependency has been and continues to be a problem for many and it does not discriminate. Rural America is not immune to the problems opioids create
SPOTLIGHT: To Be Safe, You Have to Know How: OSHA QuickCards
Safety is a big issue on the farm, but with busy days and potential language barriers, how do you discuss farm safety with employees? QuickCards are free
SPOTLIGHT: A Commitment to Farmers
UMASH is invested in helping farmers through these challenging times. We join many others in this effort to offer resources to assist farmers, families,
SPOTLIGHT: Roadmap for delivering child care in agricultural communities
Sharing is caring is a well used tag line for emails and social media to “get the word out ” on important topics. UMASH often shares relevant farm
SPOTLIGHT: Bryan With Ag Injury News
Agriculture still ranks one of the most dangerous occupations, but what does that really mean? Where are the injuries occurring? What are the type of
SPOTLIGHT: Working With Firefighters and EMS on Ways to Bring up RF-DASH to National Program Caliber
The Rural Firefighters Delivering Agriculture Safety and Health (RF-DASH) project, funded by UMASH, is exploring a national program. Due to the
SPOTLIGHT: Alma Jordan: Generational Change Begins with Children
At UMASH, we value the power of connections. At Minnesota Farmfest, a conversation led to an introduction with Alma Jordan, founder of AgriKids.
SPOTLIGHT: Manure Safety Toolkit
2019 has been a challenging weather year for livestock and crop farmers. As we move into fall and harvest season, much of the Upper Midwest has
SPOTLIGHT: safeTALK – Training to Prevent Suicide in Agricultural Communities
A friend in need is a friend indeed. Old Proverb A friend is there to help when times are tough. Unfortunately, times are tough right now in agriculture.
SPOTLIGHT: Minnesota is now Hands-Free. What does that mean for you?
Minnesota drivers have to be Hands-Free as of August 2019, so we talked to Minnesota Safety Council’s President, Paul Aasen for answers to common questions
SPOTLIGHT: Head to Toe (or Hooves)
Dr. Gerard Cramer is one of our colleagues that knows dairy cows well – right down to the hooves. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota –
SPOTLIGHT: Grain Bin Rescue Equipment
Travel around the Upper Midwest and you’ll see that the landscape is dotted with grain bins in all shapes and sizes. These structures house soybeans,
SPOTLIGHT: One Stop Shop for Wellness and Safety at Minnesota Farmfest
Being efficient is key to getting jobs done on the farm. Farm Bureau Financial Services and UMASH understand this need and encourage farmers to be safe
SPOTLIGHT: SAY What?
Teaching agriculture today is more diverse than ever from biosecurity standards to hearing protection to business management, teachers have much to accomplish
SPOTLIGHT: The Multiplier Effect – US Ag Centers at Minnesota Farmfest
The term “multiplier effect” is a term you may be familiar with and one commonly used in the world of economics. UMASH and our neighboring U.S.
SPOTLIGHT: In the Interest of Safety
The phrase, “in a split second” is used frequently to describe all types of situations that happen quickly and without time to react, many of which can be
SPOTLIGHT: Live and Up Close – Farm Safety and Rescue Demonstrations at Minnesota Farmfest
Seeing something live for the first time can have a big impact. Whether it is a positive or negative occurrence, being present can make a difference
SPOTLIGHT: This Little (or Big) Piggy…Moving and Keeping Pigs and People Safe
What comes to mind when you think of pigs? The Three Little Pigs? Miss Piggy? Piglet? Pigs are common and a popular “character” in literature and
SPOTLIGHT: Spreading Agricultural Safety Awareness Globally
In a time of information overload, being an amplifier and champion for safety is not a small feat to accomplish. Dr. Marcos Grigioni has been able to do
SPOTLIGHT: Take time for a Wellness Check at Farmfest
Minnesota Farmfest is offering a convenient way to get a free health screening during the show August 6 – 8, 2019. The screenings are part of a larger
SPOTLIGHT: A Responsible Education – Agricultural Health and Safety
Agriculture teachers play a vital role in educating the agricultural workforce of tomorrow. Incorporating occupational safety and health topics into the
SPOTLIGHT: CDC Guidelines for Pigs and Fairs
The Center for Disease Control ( CDC) has recently released two guidelines for fair organizers and those exhibiting pigs at the fair to help all of us
SPOTLIGHT: Ag Education Lesson Plans for Stockmanship
Ninety-six percent of participating school-based agriculture teachers found animal safety either moderately, very, or extremely important to teach in the
SPOTLIGHT: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing – Partners in Health and Safety
The current issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Agromedicine includes 13 articles focused on health and safety issues related to loggers and forestry
SPOTLIGHT: Popular Education Materials at MCN
UMASH partner, Migrant Clinicians Network, incorporates popular education approaches such as comic books to illustrate complex topics in a user friendly
SPOTLIGHT: Workshop – Navigating Conflict and Tough Conversations in Agriculture
Inspired by evaluation feedback from last year’s Down on the Farm: Supporting Farmers in Stressful Times events, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture
SPOTLIGHT: Tick-borne Diseases
Tick-borne diseases are on the rise, but are often misdiagnosed and under-reported. Check yourself, your family and your pets after being outside!
SPOTLIGHT: Register Now for ISASH
Registration is open for the 2019 International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) Annual Conference, June 24-27, at the Embassy Suites
SPOTLIGHT: Upcoming Agritourism Workshop Planned
A Fun on the Farm: Agritourism Workshop will be held May 16th in Farmington, MN to offer health and safety information for agritourism operators.
SPOTLIGHT: Progressive Agriculture Safety Days
For 25 years, Progressive Agriculture Safety Days®, a program of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation (PAF), has been on a mission to provide the education,
SPOTLIGHT: U of M Extension Educates Youth in Farm Safety
Youth who want to learn more about farm and tractor safety or would like to work with equipment with over 20 horsepower off their family farms, have an
SPOTLIGHT: Safe Farm Excavation
Excavation on the farm can be dangerous work. Hitting or damaging an underground gas or electric line can lead to potentially fatal results along with
SPOTLIGHT: Head, Heart, Hands, and Health
UMASH, Minnesota 4-H, and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) joined together to produce two new videos for 4-H clubs on the topics of biosecurity
SPOTLIGHT: Walk the Walk with AgriSafe
AgriSafe has developed resources and trainings that can prepare female farmers to farm stronger and to invest in themselves.
SPOTLIGHT: Building capacity for respiratory health
The University of Minnesota (UMN) Extension’s Pesticide Safety and Environmental Education team is hosting a series of free, hands-on respirator fit
SPOTLIGHT: Andrea Bjornestad discusses farmer suicides in SD
Andrea Bjornestad, Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at SDSU, shares information on South Dakota suicide statistics,
SPOTLIGHT: Farming in Tough Times
UMASH collaborator Emily Wilmes talks about stress in farm country though collaborations and workshops like Farming in Tough Times.
SPOTLIGHT: New and Improved Farm Safety Check
We’ve performed a quality review on all of our checklists to update links and resources, and created a new two-page fillable pdf with additional space
SPOTLIGHT: Cultivating Resiliency for Women in Agriculture
A new interactive online series is setting out to help women in agriculture cultivate resiliency by focusing on what they can control in these challenging
SPOTLIGHT: Farm Safety Training through Mobile Learning
A unique dairy safety training program brings training to the field/barn on iPad devices. The mobile learning curriculum included the UMASH positive animal
SPOTLIGHT: Stress & Mental Health
When extreme stress manifests as a breaking point, like suicide, agricultural communities face unimaginable tragedy and loss. Stress, depression,
SPOTLIGHT: Thoughts & Weeds
Monica Kramer McConkey offers a unique perspective on controlling negative thoughts just as we need to control weeds in the field.
SPOTLIGHT: One Health – Connections that Matter
What is One Health? Who uses it? Why is it important? Further understanding the links between people, animals, and the environment has allowed us to address
SPOTLIGHT: Save Your Breath
This spotlight discusses dust exposures and the proper use of one type of respirator, also known as a dust mask.
SPOTLIGHT: Farm Safety Partner Campaign is a Success!
A broad range of organizations became Farm Safety Partners, sharing ag health and safety messages.
SPOTLIGHT: MMPA and UMASH Partnership
UMASH is partnering with the Minnesota Milk Producers Association (MMPA) to promote safety in the dairy industry.
SPOTLIGHT: Apply the 3E’s for Safer Farming
All too often we read or hear about an injury caused by a piece of farm equipment. There are more than 700 deaths and 100,000 injuries each year involving
SPOTLIGHT: Raising the Bar on Tractor Safety
Tractors and farming are nearly one and the same. Unfortunately tractor rollovers can and do occur too often, whether it is on the small hobby farm or
SPOTLIGHT: Megan Schossow
Megan Schossow, UMASH staffer and second-year graduate student, traveled to Washington, D.C. for an internship with the Agricultural Safety and Health
SPOTLIGHT: Best Practices for Veterinary Sharps
What happens to all the used sharps used in agriculture? Where are they stored? Can they be thrown in the household trash? Are there general guidelines
SPOTLIGHT: Telling the Story Project
Tell a story, save a life. That’s the idea behind a new project inserting injury prevention messages into first-hand accounts of farmers and others impacted
SPOTLIGHT: Agricultural Youth Work Guidelines
As grass-cutting season gets underway it’s typical to see children and teenagers operating push and riding mowers. But these tasks can be hazardous.
SPOTLIGHT: Workplace Safety Consultation – Free Assistance for MN Farms
The Minnesota Workplace Safety Consultation - Safety Grant Program provides up to $10,000 in matching funds to qualifying applicants to reduce injury and
SPOTLIGHT: Extension Partner, Emily Wilmes
UMASH is fortunate to partner with Extension colleagues across the state in a number of areas. One colleague is Emily Wilmes, Extension Educator in Stearns,
SPOTLIGHT: MCN Publication on Immigrant Dairy Worker Trainings Wins Paper of the Year Award
UMASH and the Migrant Clinician’s Network partnered together to develop, train and deliver the Seguridad en las Lecherías project from 2011 – 2016.
SPOTLIGHT: Safer FACEs Online Training Program for Agritourism Venues
In January 2018, the Minnesota Department of Health launched Safer Farm Animal Contact Exhibits (Safer FACEs), a training program for agritourism venues.
SPOTLIGHT: Reality Check – Farm Safety
Isn’t it satisfying to check items off a to-do list? UMASH created a safety resource that allows you to do exactly that. The Farm Safety Check is a
SPOTLIGHT: Keeping a safe eye on what we write, say and show in agriculture
The media play an important role in reinforcing safety in agriculture and in rural life across the United States. What we write, say and show as images
SPOTLIGHT: Ag Safety – Communication is Key
Communication is key. Although this overly-heard cliche provides no solution, it’s a good reminder of the importance of communication. To put it simply,
SPOTLIGHT: Direct to you – Safety Videos via YouTube
In the busy life of farming, it is important to reach farmers where they are with relevant safety information to protect themselves, their families and
SPOTLIGHT: Alexis Murillo, Reflecting on my UMASH Internship
University of Minnesota student Alexis Murillo describes her experiences and what she learned during her time working as a UMASH Communications Intern.
SPOTLIGHT: We are grateful for our partners
November is a month to reflect and be thankful. Bruce Alexander, Director of UMASH, puts into words how grateful we are as an organization to partner with
SPOTLIGHT: A Better Way to Return To Work
When farm workers are forced to take time off due to sickness or injuries, the current return-to-work process has often been a hardship for both the individual
SPOTLIGHT: Pesky Occupations
Tick- borne diseases are particularly threatening to people who spend a majority of their days in high-risk tick areas such as farmers, DNR members, and
SPOTLIGHT: A Solution to the Silent but Deadly Farm Gases
There are many stories. Stories of farmers with chronic illnesses. Stories of middle aged ag-workers suffering from respiratory issues. Stories of farm
SPOTLIGHT: UMASH Shines a Light on Safety at MN Farmfest
On August 1, 2017, UMASH sponsored a panel discussion at the Minnesota Farmfest. The panel discussion was titled Farm Safety: Protecting You, Your Family,
SPOTLIGHT: A Collaborative Effort to Advocate for Safety and Health on Farms
In August 2017, UMASH, the Great Plains Center for Agriculture Health (GPCAH), and the Center States Center for Agriculture Safety and Health (CS-CASH),
SPOTLIGHT: Ag Teachers Go Back to Class
Megan Roberts, Assistant Extension Professor for the University of Minnesota, lead a pilot project to develop a curriculum for agriculture educators that
Keeping Your Visitors Happy and Healthy. Agritourism is an opportunity for farms to allow guests onto the premises to enjoy some kind of agriculture experience.
SPOTLIGHT: 2017 NORA Symposium
On May 5th, the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Symposium targeted the opioid crisis for its annual outreach event. The symposium focused
SPOTLIGHT: Firefighters Could be Key to Farm Safety
Rural firefighters are farmers’ neighbors, friends, family, or are farmers in their own right. They are a highly trainable and trusted workforce. Moreover,
SPOTLIGHT: Roadway Safety
It is important to take special precautions on the roadways during planting and harvesting season—whether you are a farmer or driver of a motor vehicle.
SPOTLIGHT: Rollover Protection
The occupational death rate on farms is nearly 800 percent greater than in all other industries combined. The leading cause of farm deaths is tractor rollovers.
SPOTLIGHT: CAHFS Daily News
The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) is pleased to announce the addition of an agricultural worker health and safety bi-weekly
SPOTLIGHT: Worker Protection Standard
Agricultural work is one of the most dangerous occupations in the US. In January 2017, those who work in this important industry were afforded stronger
SPOTLIGHT: Ag Injury News Clippings Database
AgInjuryNews.org is a great resource to monitor injury and fatality trends. These are not official numbers, but are gleaned from news reports across the
SPOTLIGHT: An Ode to Research Participants
I recently had the privilege to organize an event acknowledging the efforts of participants in our Hispanic worker training research project. We had asked
SPOTLIGHT: Seguridad – Translating Research to Practice
Have you ever changed your behavior because of a research study you came across on the radio or in a magazine? Perhaps you you started an exercise program
SPOTLIGHT: The Evolution of the Healthy Fairs Project – The Power of Relationships
Natalie Loots UMASH Evaluation Team Research Assistant, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Public Health Relationships
SPOTLIGHT: 2015 UMASH Annual Forum – Partnerships Create Greater Impact
Natalie Loots UMASH Evaluation Team Research Assistant, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Public Health “If
SPOTLIGHT: “Stress Less” with Good Stockmanship and Reduce Worker Injuries
Jeffrey B. Bender DVM Director/CAHFS, Veterinary Population Medicine, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Moving and handling 1400-pound
SPOTLIGHT: Collaboration brings new insights into ‘Livestock Associated’ MRSA in pigs in the USA
Peter Davies BVSc, PhD Professor, Swine Health and Production, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Two recently published studies involving
SPOTLIGHT: Responding to Emerging Issues – HPAI Outbreak
Joni M. Scheftel, DVM, MPH, DACVPM State Public Health Veterinarian, Minnesota Department of Health Kirk Smith, DVM, PhD Foodborne, Waterborne, Vectorborne,
SPOTLIGHT: Rabies as an Immigrant Worker Health Issue on the Farm
Iris Reyes Research Specialist, National Farm Medicine Center As the dairy industry modernizes, Hispanic immigrant workers play an increasingly important
SPOTLIGHT: Invisible Dangers on the Farm
Carrie Klumb Senior Epidemiologist, Minnesota Department of Health In this spotlight story, a mother shares her young daughters’ frightening experiences
SPOTLIGHT: Rabid Calf on a Stearns County Farm
Carrie Klumb Senior Epidemiologist, Minnesota Department of Health A Stearns County farmer noticed a 5 month-old calf that began showing atypical behaviors
SPOTLIGHT: Rabies on the Farm
Carrie Klumb Senior Epidemiologist, Minnesota Department of Health Each year, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) tests approximately 2,000 wild or
SPOTLIGHT: Needlestick Risks, An Interview with a Wisconsin Dairy Farmer
Iris Reyes and Teresa Schnetzer While needlestick injuries are usually minor, certain injection related injuries are very serious. Studies have shown that
SPOTLIGHT: Leo’s Story
Carrie Klumb Senior Epidemiologist, Minnesota Department of Health My husband, Ryan, is a third generation dairy farmer with approximately 200 head on