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SPOTLIGHT: Is it just a “senior moment”?

SEPTEMBER 2022 According to the most recent 2017 census, the average age of farmers is estimated to be 57.5 years old – continuing a long-term trend for overall aging in the United States. Aging leads to a gradual decrease in physical and mental capacity, and there is a growing risk of developing age-related diseases or conditions. One of many …

SPOTLIGHT: Put on your pilot’s cap and prepare for a safer harvest season!

SEPTEMBER 2022 Agriculture is known to be hazardous. With higher death, injury, and illness rates than many other occupations, it can often feel like threats to health and safety are unavoidable on the farm. However, agricultural incidents are preventable. In a recent Hoard’s Dairyman article, our colleague, John Shutske, shares a powerful comparison …

Making Progress: Farm Progress Show back in 2022

SEPTEMBER 2022 The 2022 Farm Progress Show (August 31 to September 1, 2022) was back in action in Boone, Iowa for the first time following a four-year hiatus due to COVID-19. UMASH was fortunate to be part of the show, where attendance is one of the largest in the country!  In the Health and Safety tent, UMASH’s Carol Peterson interacted with show …

HPAI New

MARCH 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. The year 2015 was the last time poultry farmers dealt with this devastating viral disease, which resulted in culling entire flocks, loss of income, and an overwhelming toll on farmers’ …

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, …

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- …