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DECEMBER 2021 FFA’ers across Minnesota came together online for their Career Development Event (CDE) on December 13, 2021.  Megan Schossow and Carol Peterson worked with the Ag Communication faculty (Rebecca Swenson, Troy McKay and Garrett Steede) to offer a press conference event where students heard the following accouncement: Breaking: safety …

Wrap it Up: UMASH publishes 2021 Annual Report

DECEMBER 2021 The UMASH  2021 Annual Report is online and ready to read. The annual report is an opportunity for UMASH to share with the public an overview of our center and showcase the research, outreach, engagement and evaluation projects from the past year. This compilation is also a good time for us to reflect future opportunities as well as past …

MRASH 2021: Focusing on vulnerable farmworkers

Agriculture safety and health professionals took to Zoom to share the latest engagement strategies, new research, and build networks at the 2021 Midwest Regional Agricultural Safety and Health Conference (MRASH). In November 10’s roundtable, You’ve Got Mail, Megan Schossow joined National Farm Medicine Center’s Melissa Ploeckelman and Progressive Agriculture Safety Days Jana Davidson to talk about using and measuring success with email marketing. …

Talking Total Farmer Health with Veterinarian Dr. Bender

NOVEMBER 2021 Ivermectin is primarily a deworming medicine for animals. It has limited use for humans, against a number of health concerns like worms, lice, and onchocerciasis. It is not approved for use in humans against COVID-19. There have been mixed messages on treatment and curing COVID-19 throughout the pandemic. UMASH Director, Dr. Jeff Bender, …

Farm Safety Check: Preventing Field Fires

NOVEMBER 2021 Harvest is a busy time for many farms. As cooler temperatures replace summer heat, crops begin to dry down rapidly, increasing risk for dangerous fires on the farm. Hot equipment or engine sparks interacting with dry plant material and grain dust can become a highly combustible combination, making field fires a major concern for farmers. …

SPOTLIGHT: UMASH turns 10

NOVEMBER 2021   UMASH is celebrating a milestone this year by turning ten. As we have “unfolded” over the years we have developed relationships with our colleagues in the agricultural community. These ties have been so beneficial to us by sharing and learning from one another, all in a combined effort to improve the health and safety of the …

SPOTLIGHT: Caution with Calves: Stopping the Spread of Zoonotic Diseases

NOVEMBER 2021 They are everywhere – bacteria, viruses, fungus, or anything known as germs.  Some are more problematic than others including zoonotic diseases, which can transfer between animals and people and people and animals.  When working with calves it is important to remember that many of the same germs that cause illness in calves can …

Farm Safety Yields Real Results

NOVEMBER 2021 National Farm Safety and Health Week 2021 took place September 19-25, with the theme Farm Safety Yields Real Results. UMASH created and coordinated the sharing of a social media toolkit to promote cross-center collaboration during the 2021 campaign.        PROCLAMATION       Highlights of the toolkit and …

SPOTLIGHT: Let’s Make a Deal – Cost Sharing Opportunities for Safety

NOVEMBER 2021 Keeping your farm safe is an invaluable investment in protecting the health and safety of farm workers and farm families, but it can also present significant financial challenges. Minnesota farmers can now apply for funding through two programs from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) that help with the cost of buying, shipping, …

SPOTLIGHT: Management Tips for Vaccines and Injectables

NOVEMBER 2021 Livestock producers are familiar with vaccinating animals as part of an overall herd plan. Vaccinations are used to treat disease and are an important part of maintaining health and animal well being.  The ultimate success is dependent on how we handle and administer them to the animal. In a recent article, Heidi Carroll from South Dakota …