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SPOTLIGHT: Springtime – shedding sweaters and crypto

MARCH 2021 For those of us in the Upper Midwest, spring is a welcomed time of year. The days are longer, warmer and we can slowly shed the sweaters and puffer coats. For dairy and beef farmers, spring is a time to anticipate spring calving and prepare for herd health. Cryptosporidium is a common parasite during calving season and cryptosporidiosis is …

SPOTLIGHT: Farm to Table in the time of COVID

Implications for Essential Workers COVID-19 has affected all of us in some way. During this time, UMASH has been providing trusted information to farmers, families and farmworkers to stay safe and healthy. The agricultural workforce is essential and much work in fields, on farms, inside processing plants and other farm to table operations is carried …

SPOTLIGHT: Sending you a Signal

SEPTEMBER 2020 Signals can convey many messages, such as STOP on the red light, emergency or distress (SOS) signals or a thumbs up emoji signaling a job well done. Signals can also provide effective communication on the farm. When working around large equipment or machinery, verbal communication between employees often is not possible. Workers must …

Staying Safe and Staying in Business: a Farmfest Panel

AUGUST 2020 “We’ve transitioned the event online” seems to be the norm for the time being. This year, Minnesota Farmfest moved their programming online. UMASH and the Minnesota Safety Council co-hosted a panel on August 4, 2020, Staying Safe and Staying in Business, to launch the three days of live programming. There are many risks on the farm- …

SPOTLIGHT: Allow Me To Demonstrate

JULY 2020 Demonstrations can be an effective method of both teaching and learning. In addition to reading and hearing information, seeing and practicing can help one understand even better. In an effort to keep farmers up to date with safety and health information, UMASH is going online with the help and expertise of a number of organizations. The UMASH …

SPOTLIGHT: Motion Graphic Discussion Guide

Farming is a challenging occupation. Whether it is low commodity prices, COVID-19 related effects, farm transitioning or any number of issues, farmers have and continue to face trying times. All of this takes a physical and mental toll on farmers and families as well as rural communities overall. UMASH recognizes the importance of healthy and safe farmers, …

Summer Public Health Institute

The Summer Public Health Institute offers courses for students and practice professionals in public health and related fields. Participants can build or expand their professional expertise, learn best practices, broaden career options, network with other professionals, or explore a new area of interest. Courses are intensive, highly interactive and …

Staying Connected – Agricultural Safety Connection Educational Seminar

The 6th annual Agricultural Safety Connection Educational Seminar was held January 7, 2020 at Stevens Point, Wisconsin. This event is sponsored by the Center for Dairy Farm Safety at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and provides attendees with information on current OSHA regulations, topics in safety and health and networking opportunities. …

SPOTLIGHT: The American Dairy Farm – A Two Part Series

Dr. Gus Brihn is a Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine Resident with the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Brihn is part of our UMASH team with the Promoting Worker Health and Safety for Immigrant Dairy Workers project and has been instrumental in providing insights of the veterinarian’s role …