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SPOTLIGHT: Maintain Productivity and Wellness While Aging on the Farm

MARCH 2022 Continuing to farm productively as you age, while staying safe and healthy, is a value and goal for farmers and the farming community. Working with a team or support system that understands and appreciates the culture of agriculture can better help promote healthy aging on the farm.     Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapists …

SPOTLIGHT: #TellAStorySaveALife for Ag Literacy Week!

MARCH 2022 Agricultural Literacy Week Celebrate Agricultural Literacy Week (March 21-25) by sharing agricultural safety stories with a media toolkit provided by Telling the Story Project, a collaboration of four regional agricultural safety centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).   Media Toolkit   …

SPOTLIGHT: Preventing repetitive motion injuries on the farm

MARCH 2022 What are repetitive motion injuries? In a recent Successful Farming article, Lisa Foust Prater discusses repetitive motion injuries on the farm and how to prevent them. UMASH has resources for preventing repetitive motion. The article is reprinted below with permission. BE MINDFUL OF YOUR MOVEMENT TO PREVENT INJURIES Lisa Foust Prater 2/16/2022 …

SPOTLIGHT: Celebrating a lifelong farmer and health & safety advocate

FEBRUARY 2022 Thom Petersen Thom Petersen, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), will be recognized with the ASHCA 2022 Policymaker/Legislator Award for his many contributions to agricultural safety and health. We at UMASH are thrilled to have nominated Commissioner Peterson for this award. Commissioner Petersen is a lifelong …

Farm Safety Check: Towing

February 2022 Winter and spring can be tough seasons for towing, with conditions including snow, ice and mud. Towing can be dangerous in a number of ways, some of which include using the wrong rope or chain, insufficient towing vehicle, and possible bystanders who can distract and may be injured in the process.   SAFETY CHECKLIST Is the vehicle …

New Year – New UMASH

We are pleased to welcome Devon Charlier as our Evaluations and Communications Manager. …

SPOTLIGHT: Working through the Winter: Cold Stress Toolkit

FEBRUARY 2022 Upper Midwest winters are known for biting cold, chilling winds, ice, snow, and sleet. For those in agriculture, especially those working with livestock, the work doesn’t stop in the winter – making cold conditions not only a challenge but a serious hazard on the farm. While working through the winter chill may be tempting, cold, …

SPOTLIGHT: Taking a Closer Look: UMASH Research Brief

JANUARY 2022 One of the first UMASH research projects was the Multidisciplinary Network to Address Agriculture Worker Health and Safety Issues. This project brought together a diverse group of people from many backgrounds to address health and safety on the farm. This well-established network has become an important way to exchange ideas and share expertise …