Back on the Teaching Trail- Staff in Action
Purposeful partnerships, collaborating, and working side-by-side made for a successful 2021 UNMC Central States Center for Ag Safety and Health Tractor Training Safety Certification Course (at five different sites across Nebraska). In cooperation with the University of Nebraska Extension, 78 (14-16 year old) students were trained via an online instructional course, on-site tractor safety inspection demonstration, and course driving and informational stations covering emergency preparedness and personal protection equipment. Teaching agricultural health and safety topics is an investment in the next generation of producers!
Save the Date:
National Farm Safety & Health Week 2021
Daily Topics of Focus:
  • Monday, September 20, 2021 - Tractor Safety & Rural Roadway Safety
  • Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - Overall Farmer Health
  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - Safety & Health for Youth in Agriculture
  • Thursday, September 23, 2021 - Agricultural Fertilizer & Chemical Safety
  • Friday, September 24, 2021 - Safety & Health for Women in Agriculture
Meet AgriSafe's Newest Interns!
Olivia Bury is a recent graduate of Louisiana Tech University. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling & Guidance. She is working from Shreveport with her family and her two cats. She hopes to establish new skills, contacts, and knowledge in the field of agriculture. She also looks forward to working with the team to make a difference in the health & safety of agricultural workers!
Laura Siegel graduated from James Madison University (in Virginia) this May with a Master of Arts in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication, with a concentration in health and science communication. She wants to pursue a career in public health communication, where her goal is to lower barriers to accessing health care. Laura spends her weekends volunteering with the Harrisonburg Farmers Market, where she helps the manager with social media, e-commerce solutions, and manning the information booth. Laura is excited to work at AgriSafe as an intern because it combines her passion for public health communication and her work with local agricultural producers at the farmers' market.
June Health Spotlight: Heat Related Illnesses
Extended periods of high heat in many areas have challenged early crop production and are placing many of our agricultural workers in danger of heat-related illness. During hot and humid weather, sweating just is not adequate in the effort to cool down the body. According to a 2020 CDC report, from 2004–2018, an average of 702 heat-related deaths occurred in the United States annually. The prevention practices of adequate and frequent hydration, shade, and cooling options, and use of sunscreen to prevent burning, pain, and skin dehydration, wide-brimmed head coverings, and sunglasses are important public health initiatives that can make a difference in our rural communities.

For more information check out the below resources:
  • The CDC Heat & Health Tracker provides local heat and health information so communities can better prepare for and respond to extreme heat events.
  • The AgriSafe Heat-Related Illness fact sheet offers an in-depth description of heat-related illnesses and initial care modalities.   
  • Heat Education & Awareness Tools (HEAT) is a set of resources and tools developed by the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center in collaboration with agricultural workers and educators. The HEAT Toolkit provides a train-the-trainer guide for the identification, prevention, and treatment of heat illness and is available in both English and Spanish. Checkout PNASH's new HEAT Toolkit
SunSmart Agriculture
As health and safety professionals, we are consistent with promoting eye protection to prevent hazardous eye injuries. But how often do we address ocular sun exposure for people working in agriculture? A farmer averages 10-hour days with smaller farm operators spending more time outdoors than producers of larger operations. All this UV exposure on sunny AND cloudy days creates incremental risks to ocular health. Most individuals (83%) agree that we should wear sunglasses on cloudy days, yet only 17% follow their own recommendations!

Health consequences from sun exposure such as cataracts and photokeratitis, start early in life. If you create a campaign around eye health prevention strategies, share your experiences and resources with us!

For more information check out the below resources:
The Climate Change and Human Health Literature Portal: New Free Research Database
The Climate Change and Human Health Literature Portal is a knowledge management tool for individuals who want to find the most relevant scientific literature on the health implications of climate change. It provides access to a database of studies published between 2007 and 2020. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) developed the portal after receiving feedback from academic and public health stakeholders that it was often difficult to locate and access the most relevant studies on climate change. This portal is an effort to make that database accessible to a global audience. Click Here to access the tool!
Upcoming Free Webinars
New Technologies: Working Safely in a COVID-19 World in Agriculture
Thursday, July 15, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT
Missing the Mark: The Risks of Misdiagnosing Lyme Disease
Thursday, July 22, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT
Upcoming Events in Ag
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)- Minnesota
Upcoming CALM Training
Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM) classes for health care providers who work with service members, veterans, and their families. This free online course focuses on how to reduce access to the methods people use to kill themselves. It covers how to: identify people who could benefit from lethal means counseling, ask about their access to lethal methods, and work with them—and their families—to reduce access. CALM is a 3.5-hour training with a 15-minute break. This evidence-based, best practice training is designed for crisis responders as well as health and mental health professionals.

Registration is now open for the below sessions:
New, lower costs on marketplace health insurance plans!
As part of the Rural Week of Action, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is encouraging qualified individuals and families to enroll in or change Health Insurance Marketplace plans through August 15, 2021, with the 2021 Special Enrollment Period for COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.