AgriSafe in Action- March 2018 

Halverson named Clinical Director 

Charlotte Halverson, BSN, COHN-S has a measurable and progressive career serving the agricultural community. When a vacancy became available within AgriSafe as Clinical Director, Charlotte welcomed the opportunity to advance AgriSafe's clinical portfolio.  Her actions in this role have been fruitful as she leads the new Nurse Scholar Program, set to begin classes in May 2018. 

Her work in the rural and agricultural health arena began in 1986 in crisis outreach.  She transitioned into an occupational safety and health focus following completion of the occupational medicine specialized course through the University of Iowa in 1990.  As the director of a tri-sate parish health ministry program for over 20 years, she advanced community-centered farm health and wellness.  Charlotte was one of several nurse leaders who founded AgriSafe in 2003 and she served as both former Chair and AgriSafe board member.   Charlotte is a well respected Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN) whose speaking engagements are received at  the local, state, and national level. 

Charlotte's professional honors include:  Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award;  Iowa Center for Agricultural Safety & Health Hall of Fame;  100 Great Iowa Nurses; and  2011 Alumni of Distinction Award - Mercy School of Nursing.

AgriSafe is pleased to welcome Charlotte's leadership as part of our growing team! 
New! Nurse Scholar Program 

The AgriSafe Nurse Scholar program is a
distance learning opportunity available to rural nurses.  Distance education (a total of 18 hours),  provided by experienced health & safety
educators will enable rural nurses to  increase  their knowledge base in  identification and  assessment of diseases  related to agricultural work exposures. The first cohort will have a maximum of 35 nurses. Twenty stipends are available for nurses from nonprofit organizations, government agencies, or educational institutions.  For nurses in the private sector, the cost of this program is $900.  

Application period: Applications for the AgriSafe Nurse Scholar program can be
submitted between February 1, 2018 and May 3, 2018.

Interested applicants must provide proof of licensure in primary state of practice, a
brief educational history/background, and area/type of current nursing practice. 
For more information contact  BSN,COHN-S, Clinical Director. To find out more about the AgriSafe Nurse Scholar Program,click here .
Ag Safety Awareness Week 

Across the country, county and state Farm Bureaus are making safety a priority through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program (ASAP).  As part of ASAP, March 4-10 has been designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers will join Farm Bureau in promoting the week with its theme "No One Can Take Your Place." A different safety focus will be highlighted each day of the week. 

To support the promotion of ASAP, AgriSafe is offering Free OnDemand webinars, in support of each daily theme. For more information, click here
These OnDemand Webinars are free and open to the public through March 10, 2018.  Don't forget to check out our  membership options   and extensive webinar  recording library.
AgriSafe PPE backpack raffled daily during expo
AgriSafe at Triumph of Ag Expo 

AgriSafe attended the 52nd Annual Triumph of Ag Expo in Omaha, NE. Often named the "show in the Midwest," many farmers and ranchers flock to the annual event, held the 2nd week in March. 

AgriSafe was pleased to focus on health and safety information for women in agriculture. During this two day expo we raffled off a backpack filled with $120 of personal protective equipment designed just for farm women. 

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Upcoming Webinars (Register Early, Space Limited) 
Respiratory Protection Program Adapted to Grain Handling Operations
Thursday, March 15, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm Central Time
Cost: free and open to the public

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

Youth Working in Agriculture: Keeping them safe while they learn and grow
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm Central Time
Cost: free and open to the public

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

The Ergonomics of Hand Planting Reforestation Work
Monday, April 09, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm Central Time
Cost: free and open to the public

Robert Granzow, MS, AEP and Mark Schall, PhD, CPE, 
Auburn University 

FREE Training: Respiratory Hazards in Grain Handling 

AgriSafe in partnership with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) is offering  health and safety training to grain handling workers through training workshops.

Training topics include confined space grain bin entry, respiratory protection program and prevention strategies. 

Target audience includes agricultural producers, workers in high-hazard grain operations and English and non-English speaking grain handling workers.

For Grain Bin Entry Training contact  Dan Neenan, Director NECAS  or call 

For Respiratory Protection or Agricultural Respirator Hazards contact  Knesha Rose-Davison, Health Communications Coordinator or call 866-312-3002.

For additional program details, click here  
2018 ISASH Annual Conference

Farm Safety Nova Scotia and the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association are excited to be your 2018 ISASH Conference co-hosts. The International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) 2018 Annual Conference is June, 2018 in  Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  
Right now, you can book your accommodation at the Conference Hotel: Halifax Marriott Harbourfront
Click here to book online or call 1-800-943-6760 (code: ASHASHA) Room rate $239 CDN (approx. $188 US)

They encourage you to book your flights soon. Halifax is a popular summer destination especially around Canada Day, July 1. There are a number of transportation options from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport - car rental, bus route, and shuttle service. Please note: there is no complimentary hotel shuttle.

Conference Registration Fee: Fees will be collected in Canadian funds, USD equivalents are estimated and will depend on the exchange rate when you register.

Up to May 15   May 16 -June 12 June 13 - onsite 
Member $575.00 ($450 US)   $625.00 ( $500 US)  $725.00 ($575 US) 
Non-Member $700.00 ($550 US)  $800.00 ($625 US) $850.00 (675 US) 
Student Member $375.00 ($300 US)  $425.00 ($325 US) $ 450 ($350 US) 
Student Non-Member $450.00 ( $300 US)  $475.00 ($375 US)  $575.00 ($450 US) 
2nd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health 

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is pleased to announce open registration for the  2nd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health® . The conference will be held at the Natcher Conference Center, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland, near Washington, DC. The purpose of the conference is to convene researchers and practitioners from the United States and abroad that are making important contributions to advance Total Worker Health research and practice. 

Early Registration available through March 31, 2018. 
Would you like to share your story? Submit your ag health and safety stories and/or pictures with contact information to    Knesha Rose-Davison at AgriSafe Network. We'd love to hear from you. Stay tuned with AgriSafe on FaceBook, Twitter and LinkedIn.