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SPOTLIGHT: Research Brief

JANUARY 2022 One of the first UMASH research projects was the Multidisciplinary Network to Address Agriculture Worker Health and Safety Issues. This project brought together a diverse group of people from many backgrounds to address health and safety on the farm. This well-established network has become an important way to exchange ideas and share expertise …

Farm Safety Yields Results

September 2021 National Farm Safety and Health Week 2021 took place September 19-25, with the theme Farm Safety Yields Real Results. UMASH created and coordinated the sharing of a social media toolkit to promote cross-center collaboration during the 2021 campaign. This proclamation affirms that: Agriculture is a critical part of Minnesota’s economy, …

Farm Safety Check: Preventing Field Fires

NOVEMBER 2021 Harvest is a busy time for many farms. As cooler temperatures replace summer heat, crops begin to dry down rapidly, increasing risk for dangerous fires on the farm. Hot equipment or engine sparks interacting with dry plant material and grain dust can become a highly combustible combination, making field fires a major concern for farmers. …

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, …