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SPOTLIGHT: Juneteenth: a day for celebration, commemoration, and action

JUNE 2022 Juneteenth is a commemoration of June 19, 1865, when enslaved people in the farthest part of the Confederacy were freed, over two years after the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is a celebration of emancipation, a recognition of the historical and ongoing injustices against Black people, and a call for action toward greater …

SPOTLIGHT: Take Two – Ag Communications Video Contest for a 2nd year

MAY 2022 All students created fantastic videos, and UMASH thanks the students and Dr. McKay for allowing UMASH to be part of their class to bring attention to farm safety and health. VIDEO CONTEST WINNERS: Valerie Sauder – Dairy Handling Safety PSA Valerie Sauder is a senior from Southeast Minnesota, majoring in Agricultural Communication & …

Toward Resilience: UMASH works in agricultural stress

MAY 2022 Agriculture moves with the seasons, and each season brings both predictable and unexpected events. At UMASH, we’ve been working to support resilience in farmers, so that the agricultural community can navigate each turn and season, many of which can bring stressors. Based on community work and engagement, UMASH hosted an annual forum in 2018: …

Catch Your Breath – Respirator Fit Test Training and the Worker Protection Standard

MAY 2022 UMASH partnered with the Extension Pesticide Safety Education (PSEE) Program to offer resources at two events in greater Minnesota.  Commercial applicators, trainers and employees came together in Mankato (April 19) and Willmar (April 20) to learn more about proper fit testing for respirator use and the Worker Protection Standard.   Jolene …

SPOTLIGHT: UMASH Center Director Answers Avian Influenza FAQs

MAY 2022 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), also known as “bird flu,” is a serious, highly contagious disease that is often fatal to chickens and turkeys. As a record outbreak among domestic and wild birds’ spreads across the nation, UMASH Center Director, Dr. Jeff Bender, responded to frequently asked questions in Talking Highly Pathogenic …

SPOTLIGHT: Stepping into Spring with a Focus on Roadway Safety

APRIL 2022 When stepping into spring, it can be easy to be swept up by the rush of planting season. Without proper safety measures, spring tasks like moving farm equipment from one area to the next can be dangerous. Large farm equipment moving at slower speeds than average travel can result in crashes with passenger vehicles with a heightened risk for …

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 …