Research and Emerging Issues

Research in agricultural safety and health is a fundamental piece of the UMASH mission.

Learn more about how UMASH supports research through our projects, emerging issues initiatives, pilot projects and feasibility studies, publications and presentations, ongoing program evaluation, and sharing funding opportunities from our partner agricultural health and safety organizations.

Research Projects
The UMASH Center conducts multidisciplinary projects in the areas of research, prevention, and education related to the health and safety of the agricultural workforce.  UMASH has currently six funded research projects addressing occupational health and safety issues in agriculture.
Pilot Projects
The overall goal of the UMASH pilot projects program was to develop new initiatives in agricultural health and safety research, prevention/intervention, outreach/education, evaluation and translating research into practice.  Funding for pilot projects has been re-assigned to the Emerging Issues initiative.
Emerging Issues
The goal of the UMASH Emerging Issues Program is to identify and respond to emerging or re-emerging issues that may impact the health and well-being of the agricultural workforce and their families. UMASH offers funding for partner projects on a specific emerging issue, identified at the yearly UMASH forum.
Publications and Presentations
Publications and presentations are an important part of sharing the knowledge gathered from research projects as well as outreach and educational program success. UMASH tracks this information in an effort to build on the progress and share relevant issues in agriculture health and safety.
Funding Opportunities
UMASH promotes funding opportunities to address agricultural safety and health issues in the Upper Midwest. The following are current funding opportunities in agricultural safety and health from UMASH partner organizations, agricultural safety and health organizations and educational institutions.
UMASH partners with the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute at the University of Minnesota to implement its evaluation program. This systematic evaluation process gathers information to improve decision making and the effective use of Center resources. The evaluation program has helped UMASH improve monitoring systems, guide strategic planning, critically assess goals, outcomes, and partnerships, and build evaluation capacity.