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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 …

SPOTLIGHT: Demos at Farmfest

JULY 2021 UMASH at Minnesota Farmfest 2021 Come for the mini donuts and stay for the safety demonstrations UMASH is back at Minnesota Farmfest in 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 …

SPOTLIGHT: Confined Spaces

JUNE 2021 OSHA defines a confined space as having “limited or restricted means for entry or exit and is not designed for continuous occupancy.” Confined spaces on farms can include grain bins, forage storage silos, liquid storage tanks, manure storage facilities and transport vehicles.  Purdue University’s Agricultural and Biological Engineering …

SPOTLIGHT: Drought Toolkit

JUNE 2021                                          As the summer unfolds, many farmers may be concerned about drought conditions especially given hotter than normal temperatures. Drought can affect us in many different ways including economic, environmental and social/well being impacts. Time such as this can be quite stressful …

SPOTLIGHT: A teacher, an advocate and a friend

JUNE 2021 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. She was a strong advocate for environmental and social justice and spent much of her life working to improve the health of families living along the US-Mexico …

SPOTLIGHT: UMASH is About the People & the Partnerships

MAY 2021 UMASH is an interdisciplinary organization spanning five states and at least five industries (i.e., agriculture, public health, veterinary medicine, occupational health, and healthcare). Through committed partnerships with community leaders, field experts, and researchers, UMASH has the tools to address multifaceted problems in agricultural …

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. …