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SPOTLIGHT: But Wait, There’s More – Training Guides and Videos for Swine Producers

JANUARY 2022 Almost everyone likes a good deal, or an extra perk. The Upper Midwest is home to a number of animal agriculture producers, one of which is farrowing and finishing hogs. Whether you are a small, mid-size or large producer, the risks of working in the industry are the same. UMASH has added additional training resources to our swine animal …

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 …

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 …

SPOTLIGHT: First on your Farm: Be Ready with First Aid

NOVEMBER 2021 Build a Basic First Aid Kit Prepared by Charles Schwab, extension safety specialist with Iowa State University, and Carolyn Sheridan, registered nurse. 06/2017 FARM SAFETY CHECK FARM FIRST AID The FIRST step in First Aid is being prepared!  Having well stocked and easily accessible first aid kits can help you quickly respond to farm …

SPOTLIGHT: Six Reasons You Should Get the Flu Shot This Year

SEPTEMBER 2021 It’s more important than ever to get the flu shot this year. Here are 6 reasons why: Common misconception: “The flu shot gives you the flu.” This is UNTRUE. LEARN MORE Download our 6 Reasons you Should get the Flu Shot graphic here! About the Flu Shot The flu shot doesn’t ‘kick in’ immediately. It takes about two weeks …

SPOTLIGHT: Come Together – Partnerships Emerge for Farmworkers

SEPTEMBER 2021 Our colleagues at the Migrant Clinicians Network were recently published in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) for their commentary on Farmworkers and COVID-19: Community-Based Partnerships to Address Health and Safety. The article summarized food and farm workers’ occupational barriers to health before COVID-19, and the lack …

SPOTLIGHT: Stressed out with Drought

SEPTEMBER 2021 Researchers in occupational health have published a paper on the association between drought conditions and stress among U.S. farmers.  UMASH colleagues in affiliated NIOSH centers, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and ISciences, studied the occupational psychosocial stress among farmers in the midwest. Highlights …

SPOTLIGHT: Dairy Dozen

SEPTEMBER 2021 Dairy Farm Inspections Lead to Release of OSHA’s “Dairy Dozen” Working in close contact with large animals can be dangerous and challenging. Farmers and workers are not only exposed to physical hazards when handling large animals, but various safety, health, environmental, biological and respiratory hazards. To address these health …