Farm Safety Yields Results

Farm Safety Yields Results

November 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.

Highlights of the toolkit and campaign included a proclamation from Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and social media posts spotlighting US Ag Safety and Health center resources on roadway safety, farmer, youth, and women’s health in ag, fertilizer and chemical safety and more.

The UMASH evaluation team also created a worksheet coordinating reporting with other agricultural safety and health centers and plan to carry out an analysis to gain insight into the overall impact of the collaborative National Farm Safety and Health Week campaign.

State of Minnesota Proclamation

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.



UMASH Ag Safety Resources
  • 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.
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
  • eXtension.org
    Resources and tools to help the Extension workforce increase local and national impact.
  • FarmAnswers.org
    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.
  • nasdonline.org
    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.
  • SaferFarm
    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.