Farm Safety Yields Real Results
September 19-25, 2021
The 2019 data for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the agricultural sector is still the most dangerous in America with 573 fatalities, or an equivalent of 23.1 deaths per 100,000 workers.
Fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agriculture industry. For this reason, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week. This annual promotion initiated by the National Safety Council has been proclaimed as such by each sitting U.S. President since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944. National Farm Safety and Health Week is led by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), the agricultural partner of the National Safety Council.
|MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20||Tractor Safety & Rural Roadway Safety|
|TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21||Overall Farmer Health|
|WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22||Safety & Health for Youth in Agriculture|
|THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23||Agricultural Fertilizer & Chemical Safety|
|FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24||Safety & Health for Women in Agriculture|
STATE OF MINNESOTA PROCLAMATION
Governor Tim Walz officially proclaimed the week of September 19-25, 2021 as Farm Safety and Health Week in the State of Minnesota.
This proclamation affirms that:
- Agriculture is a critical part of Minnesota’s economy, and Minnesota farmers play an integral role in feeding people across the state and around the world;
- Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries, and farmers are at very high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries. Agricultural workers account for over 30 percent of work-related deaths in Minnesota;
- Minnesota’s farmers work hard on 67,500 agricultural operations throughout the state, which are crucial to the integrity of our food supply and our economic strength, with over 25.4 million acres in total farmland;
- Safeguarding the health and well-being of farm owners, operators, employees, and visitors is essential to farm families across Minnesota;
- Minnesota Farm Safety and Health Week, in conjunction with National Farm Safety and Health Week, raises awareness of the vital, continuous need for improving safety for all of Minnesota’s farm families and workers.
2021 National Farm Safety and Health Week US Ag Centers Promotional Toolkit
The U.S. Ag Centers are promoting the 2021 National Farm Safety and Health Week through social media. This social media toolkit has been developed to promote U.S. Ag Center safety resources that fit with the daily themes of National Farm Safety and Health Week.
Join the conversation!
AgriSafe Network will be hosting FREE daily webinars throughout National Safety and Health Week.
All webinars are Central Daylight Time (CDT).
Learn more and register using the links below:
- What’s New in Tractor and Agricultural Vehicle Safety (12:00 pm CDT)
- Rural Road Safety: A Shared Responsibility (2:00 pm CDT)
- A Look at Stress and Mental Health During COVID-19 and the Impacts on Farmers and Other Sectors (12:00 pm CDT)
Continuing Education in multiple disciplines available!
- Food in the Field (2:00 pm CDT)
- Developing and Implementing a Pilot Agricultural Community Suicide Prevention Program for Farmers and Farm Families (12:00 pm CDT)
- Anhydrous Ammonia Safety for Farmworkers (12:00 pm CDT)
- Stepping Boldly into Tough Conversations (12:00 pm CDT)
Continuing Education in multiple disciplines available!
- Zoonotic Disease and Pregnancy: A Deeper Dive (2:00 pm CDT)
- UMASH Farm Safety Check
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.
- Agricultural Education Teacher Resources
Teaching agricultural safety and health is an important topic for the next generation of farmers and related agriculture professions. UMASH has compiled materials that ag educators can use to highlight agricultural safety and health in the classroom, including lesson plans, resources on a variety of health and safety topics, awareness events, planning tools, and tips on how to use the material in the classroom.
Resources and tools to help the Extension workforce increase local and national impact.
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.
- Farm MAPPER
A pre-plan map of farms to expedite response times in emergencies.
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.
A hazard analysis tool recommending abatement of common farm hazards.
- Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) National Clearinghouse
Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) is a national clearinghouse that provides two types of materials: formal, educational curriculum and resources that support Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) guidelines for classroom instruction.