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Come Together – Partnerships emerge for farmworkers

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 of protection from government and employers, that left them vulnerable to COVID-19 outbreaks despite their essential worker status. …

Stressed out with Drought

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 …

SPOTLIGHT: Dairy Dozen

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 risks among …

SPOTLIGHT: Demos at Farmfest

UMASH is back at Minnesota Farmfest 2021 with the Safety Demonstration Pavilion and ready to talk and demonstrate farm safety and health. We are hosting four safety demonstrations to reinforce how quickly injuries can occur and prevention methods to keep you, your family and your workers safe. …

SPOTLIGHT: Confined Spaces

Confined spaces on farms can include grain bins, forage storage silos, liquid storage tanks, manure storage facilities and transport vehicles. …

SPOTLIGHT: Drought Toolkit

To assist farmers across the Upper Midwest, UMASH is offering resources that address the consequences drought can have on farmers, workers and families. …

SPOTLIGHT: A teacher, an advocate and a friend

UMASH is recognizing a colleague who was instrumental in the immigrant dairy worker project since 2011. Patricia Juárez-Carrillo, PhD, MPH, recently passed away due to pulmonary fibrosis. …

SPOTLIGHT: Time for a Grain Bin Check Up – Don’t forget safety

MAY 2021 Grain bins have long been the topic of agricultural safety and health. Unfortunately, many tragedies have occurred when working around bins, most notably flowing grain and entrapment. There are additional safety concerns including respiratory, hearing and falls which can and do occur. As we head into late spring and summer, many farmers are …

SPOTLIGHT: Leave A Message – Ag Communication students develop farm safety messages

MAY 2021 Powerful messages come through a variety of means and they can change the way we think and act. The art and science of communication can be an effective tool, and short video messages such as public service announcements (PSA’s) are one example. Penn State University noted PSA’s are effective because: It gets the audience to pay attention. …