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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 & …

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 …

SPOTLIGHT: Lots to learn with just a click

APRIL 2022 YouTube is one of the social media platforms where you can find a video on just about anything – how to fix a faucet, recipes for the pressure cooker or how to do a 5th grade math problem. There is a lot to learn on YouTube, and for UMASH, that includes farm safety and health information. UMASH and our partners, the Centers for Agriculture …

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 …

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. …

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   …