National Farm Safety and Health Week 2018

National Farm Safety and Health Week 2018

Cultivating the Seeds of Safety
September 16-22, 2018

#FarmSafety #NFSHW

National Farm Safety and Health Week 2018

America’s farmers provide us with an abundant food supply. But farmers are exposed to a unique, sometimes hazardous workplace. Agriculture continues to rank as one of the most dangerous occupations in North America and across the globe.

National Farm Safety and Health Week is September 16-22, 2018. This year’s theme is “Cultivating the Seeds of Safety”.

The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), UMASH, and the US Agricultural Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are spotlighting agricultural health and safety with a variety of resources for farm workers, their families, and everyone involved in agriculture.


Do you have news to share regarding events during National Farm Safety and Health Week?  Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook. Be a Farm Safety Champion!

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UMASH is launching the 2018 Farm Safety Partner campaign to encourage agribusiness, industry, professional farm organizations and commodity groups, Extension offices, Ag Educators, FFA, 4H, community organizations, and others to share farm safety resources and promote safe work practices during September in support of National Farm Safety and Health Week (September 16-22, 2018).

It’s easy to become a Farm Safety Partner! 

All you need to do is:



MONDAYRural Roadway Safety
WEDNESDAYChild/Youth Health and Safety
THURSDAYConfined Spaces in Agriculture
FRIDAYTractor Safety


AgriSafe Network will be conducting daily webinars to inform professionals, as well as Agricultural producers on important agricultural occupational health and safety topics.



New Immigrants in the Midwest and Agricultural Health Implications

12pm CDT


Michele Devlin, DrPH
Division Chair & Professor, Health Promotion and Education & Director, Iowa Center on Health Disparities

Mark Grey, PhD
Faculty – Professor of Anthropology and Director, The Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration, University of Northern Iowa


Respiratory Health and Personal Protective Equipment for Ag Producers

12pm CDT


Charlotte Halverson, RN, BSN, COHN-S
Clinical Director, AgriSafe Network


Children and Tractors: Myths, Facts or Other

12pm CDT


Marsha Salswedel, MS
Agricultural Youth Safety Specialist, National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety

Train the Trainer: Hazard Mapping in the Ag Classroom
2pm CDT


Natalie Roy, MPH
Executive Director, AgriSafe Network 


Confined Space – Grain Bin Entry

12pm CDT


Dan Neenan, MBA, Paramedic
Director, National Education Center for Agricultural Safety


Optimizing the Health of the Female Agricultural Producer

12pm CDT


Linda Emanuel, RN 
Community Health Nurse, AgriSafe Network 

Knesha Rose-Davison, MPH 
Communications Director, AgriSafe Network 



NFSHW Promotional Materials
UMASH Ag Safety Resources
  • UMASH Farm Safety Checklist
    The UMASH Farm Safety Check is a quick monthly review to identify and fix potential hazards before they cause harm to your family and employees – and your bottom line.  Each month, Farm Safety Check will focus on a different topic, offering checklists and tips to help identify hazards, along with resources to remedy any problems.
  • UMASH Resource Database
    Download agricultural safety and health resources created by UMASH, our pilot project programs, and collaborating institutions
  • UMASH Ag Safety and Health Spotlight
    The UMASH Ag Health and Safety Spotlight features stories from farmers and farm families about their experiences with injury or illness on the farm as well as stories that highlight new resources and organizations that are working to improve agricultural safety and health.
NIOSH Agricultural Safety and Health Centers
The Centers for Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention represent a major NIOSH effort to protect the health and safety of agricultural workers and their families. The Centers were established by cooperative agreement to conduct research, education, and prevention projects to address the nation’s pressing agricultural health and safety problems. Geographically, the Centers are distributed throughout the nation to be responsive to the agricultural health and safety issues unique to the different regions.

US Ag Centers YouTube Channel
The US Agricultural Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health offer online safety videos through a special YouTube channel. These safety videos are designed for producers, Extension agents, first responders and farm families. The videos can be especially relevant during harvest season, as farmers are putting in long hours under the stress of weather delays and equipment breakdowns.

National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS)
The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) is dedicated to preventing illnesses, injuries, and deaths among farmers and ranchers, agricultural and horticultural workers, their families, and their employees. NECAS is a partnership with the National Safety Council and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Peosta campus.

Links and Additional Resources
  • Farm MAPPER
    A pre-plan map of farms to expedite response times in emergencies.
  • SaferFarm
    A hazard analysis tool recommending abatement of common farm hazards.
    USDA-NIFA beginning farmer and rancher (BFRDP) clearinghouse, providing resources to help you get started farming, as well as tools to help more seasoned producers succeed.
    Resources and tools to help the Extension workforce increase local and national impact.
    The National Ag Safety Database (NASD) provides a national resources of agricultural safety and health resources contributed by safety professionals and organizations from across the nation.