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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. …

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 …

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 …