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Deep Roots – Strong Future

APRIL 2022 The 2022 Women’s Agricultural Leadership Conference (WALC) was held on April 13, 2022, at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum near Chaska, MN.  235 individuals participated at the event, including many young women who were part of FFA chapters across the state.     UMASH Representations Megan Schossow, UMASH Director …

SPOTLIGHT: Lots to learn with just a click

APRIL 2022 YouTube is one of the social media platforms where you can find a video on just about anything – how to fix a faucet, recipes for the pressure cooker or how to do a 5th grade math problem. There is a lot to learn on YouTube, and for UMASH, that includes farm safety and health information. UMASH and our partners, the Centers for Agriculture …

RF-DASH Goes International!

APRIL 2022 The Rural Firefighters Delivering Agriculture Safety and Health (RF-DASH) team was invited by the Canadian Agriculture Safety Association (CASA) to conduct a training March 7-9 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The RF-DASH team equipped CASA’s hand selected Master Trainers with farm-specific first aid curriculum, safety consultation capabilities, …

2022 Farm and Power Show: Everyone wins with safety

APRIL 2022 The North American Farm and Power Show was held March 17, 18, and 19, 2022 at the Steele County Fairgrounds in Owatonna, MN. Carol Peterson joined Claire LaCanne with UMN Extension to work as a team, bringing agricultural safety and health resources to the attendees.     A Win-Win    

SPOTLIGHT: In “Dairy” Good Hands

MARCH 2022 Dana Adams, University of Minnesota Extension livestock educator, is a dedicated and knowledgeable partner to central Minnesota farmers. She’s also the first African American woman hired as an ag educator at the University of Minnesota Extension. This article turns a spotlight on Dana’s work and accomplishments, and the importance of …

It’s good to be back

MARCH 2022 It’s here… farm show season has begun.  UMASH was part of the Farm City Hub Club farm show in New Ulm, MN. With the show’s focus on farm safety, it was a great opportunity to unfold the tablecloth, pull up the banners, and interact with show-goers on the importance of preventing illness and injury on the farm.     Focus on …

SPOTLIGHT: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) is on the move

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), also known as “bird flu,” is a serious, highly contagious disease that is often fatal to chickens and turkeys. To prepare for the possible infection of flocks in the Upper Midwest, UMASH has prepared a toolkit to help poultry farmers enhance prevention with biosecurity protocols, identify the signs and symptoms of HPAI in birds, and stay connected to additional resources from USDA - APHIS and state departments of agriculture. …

SPOTLIGHT: Tough bugs: AMR and Veterinarians

MARCH 2022 In the world of LOL, ICYMI, IDK, acronyms, and social media slang, it can be hard to know “what means what,” especially if you are new to the subject. In the veterinary and health care professions, AMR is short for Antimicrobial Resistance. AMR happens when microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, etc.) change, making medicines less effective …

Dairy Farmers Meet at the 30th Annual Carver County Dairy Expo

MARCH 2022 UMASH was present at the Carver County Dairy Expo in Norwood Young America with Chela Vázquez attending a table with materials on health and safety. Chela is coordinator and trainer of the Promoting Safety and Worker Health Project for Immigrant Dairy Workers at UMASH.  She had the opportunity to speak with dairy farmers and visitors about …