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Workforce wellness: Symposium sheds light on COVID-19

  JUNE 2022 The annual National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Symposium was held May 5, 2022 and co-sponsored by two School of Public Health centers – the Midwest Center for Occupational  Health and Safety (MCOHS) and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH).  The 2022 theme was The Changing Nature of Work: …

Farm Safety Check: Eye Protection on the Farm

Eye injuries can translate into pain, related eye diseases, and loss of time, money, and possibly your eyesight.  Wear proper eye protection where eye protection hazards are apparent. Become acquainted with proper first aid treatment for eye injuries and seek medical attention if there is an eye injury. You and/or your employee(s) can use this form …

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’ …

SPOTLIGHT: 25 Years Young: Happy Anniversary to the National Child Agricultural Center!

MAY 2022 UMASH is fortunate to work closely with the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety (NCCRAHS) to improve the health and safety of agricultural workers and their families. NCCRAHS is now 25 years old! To celebrate NCCRAHS’ 25th year making agriculture safer for children, explore the center’s fantastic resources …

Toward Resilience: UMASH works in agricultural stress

APRIL 2022 Agriculture moves with the seasons, and each season brings both predictable and unexpected events. At UMASH, we’ve been working to support resilience in farmers, so that the agricultural community can navigate each turn and season, many of which can bring stressors. Based on community work and engagement, UMASH hosted an annual forum in …

SPOTLIGHT: Tough bugs: AMR and Veterinarians

MARCH 2022 In the world of LOL, ICYMI, IDK, acronyms, and social media slang, it can be hard to know “what means what,” especially if you are new to the subject. In the veterinary and health care professions, AMR is short for Antimicrobial Resistance. AMR happens when microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, etc.) change, making medicines less effective …

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 …