AgriSafe in Action- May 2017  

Agriculture Health Awareness Topics 
During the Month of May, several health awareness topics are of great importance to the agriculture community. According to Rural Health People 2o2o,  Mental Health (3rd), Heart Disease & Stroke (5th),  and  Cancer (9th) are within the top 10 concerns of Rural Healthy Peoples Top 20 priorities. 

Mental Health 

There is a significant need for mental health services in rural America. According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration 2015 data, 18.3% of residents of non-metropolitan counties had some sort of mental illness in the past year, which amounts to over 6 million people. Additionally,  4.3%, or 1.4 million residents of non-metro counties experienced serious thoughts of suicide during the year.

While the prevalence of mental illness is similar between rural and urban residents, the services available are very different. Mental healthcare needs are not met in many rural communities across the country because adequate services are not present. AgriSafe has a mental health resource which highlights the impact on wellness mental health has for farm families. 

High Blood Pressure

According to the CDC, about 75 million American adults (29%) have high blood pressure-that's 1 of every 3 adults. Increasing blood pressure monitoring and reducing high blood pressure continues to be a priority.   The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) launched the first "Month" campaign in May 1974.  NHLBI invites community groups, civic and faith-based organizations, hospital outreach programs, public health departments, and workplaces to renew activities to prevent and control high blood pressure.   For more information and resources for Health Professionals, click here

Melanoma Skin Cancer 

Melanoma is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the United States and the deadliest form of skin cancer. Rates of melanoma are rising rapidly, especially in younger people. When caught early, melanoma is highly curable.

For more information, visit Melanoma Research Alliance
2017 ISASH Annual Conference
June 25-29, 2017
Riverwoods Conference Center
Logan, UT

Utah State University is pleased to host the 2017 International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health Annual Conference. Located in the heart of Cache Valley, Logan sits at an elevation 4,534 feet above sea-level in the Bear River Range. Logan's setting is beautiful any time of year.

This exciting conference will discuss emerging issues relevant to the health and safety of people involved in production agriculture. Tours and speakers will highlight important facets of agriculture in the inter-mountain region. Crop production, dairy production, and emerging technologies will be the focus of the educational tours.

To Register, click here
For more information about International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) visit 

Attention! AgriSafe Member Only Social 

Are you attending the 2017 International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH)  Annual Conference in Logan, Utah? 

AgriSafe will hold its AgriSafe Member  Only Social, Tuesday, June 27  6-8pm at a local grill known for  its homemade root beer brew, Moab brew and homemade gelato.

To register for the AgriSafe Member Only Social follow the simple steps in the einvite that was sent to you.

Not a member? Consider joining today! Click here for more info. 
Questions? Contact Knesha Rose- Davison, MPH, Health Communications Coordinator at or 985-327-1627.
Upcoming Webinars (Register Early, Space Limited) 
Safety Training on Dairy Farms using Mobile-Learning Technologies
Thursday, May 25, 2017 -  12-1 pm Central Time
Free and Open to the Public

Presenter: David Douphrate PhD, MPT, MBA, CPE, CSP
University of Texas School of Public Health in San Antonio

Designing, Evaluating, and Using Wearable Technology for Agricultural Workers' Safety and Health
Monday, June 5, 2017-  12-1 pm Central Time
Free and Open to the Public

Presenter: Aaron Yoder, PhD
Assistant Professor, Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center
and Nebraska Extension - Biological Systems Engineering, 
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For a limited time, Recorded Webinar open to non members.  Click on title below to access training 

Presenter: Jill Poole, MD
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep & Allergy
University of Nebraska Medical Center
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ontinuing Education ( CE) approval by the Louisiana State Nurses Association for 1.0 credit hour. 

AgriSafe training at Dalhousie University with partners Farm Safety Nova Scotia
Invest in Your Health- Nova Scotia 

At the end of March we were fortunate
to have had the opportunity to partner with Farm Safety Nova Scotia in delivering the Invest in Your Health Program to students at Dalhousie Agricultural Campus and to local farmers and farm workers. Delivery of this program was made possible through a partnership with Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture and program sponsors Farm Credit Canada and 3M Canada.

The AgriSafe Network collaborates with two and four year agricultural colleges to provide AgriSafe occupational health and educational services designed for college Ag students.  Our goal through the Invest in Your Health program is to empower students to recognize agricultural health and safety risks and become their own health advocates. To learn more about Invest in Your Health , contact Carolyn Sheridan , RN , BSN  Clinical Director. 

Special thanks to Carolyn Van Den Heuvel,
Farm Safety Coordinator, NSFA at Nova Scotia Agriculture for coordination of the agriculture health and safety 3 - day trainings.  Less than ideal weather kept a few  people from attending, but it was a very successful pilot in Canada's eastern Maritime provinces.
Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) Pilot/Feasibility Projects Program Request for Proposals

Maximum $20,000 per project
Release date: May 9 2017
Letter of intent due date: July 28, 2017
Proposal due date: August 25, 2017

Pilot project duration is limited to 18 months and funding is limited to $20,000 per project. Pilot projects are primarily intended to assist investigators to obtain pilot data that can be used in pursuing support through other funding mechanisms (program sustainability).

Projects must be conducted in or be designed to reach agricultural communities in the CS-CASH 7 states region: ND, SD, IA, MN, NE, KS, MO. 


For details on this funding opportunity please see attached PDF. Please send questions to  EllenDuysen, MPH, Coordinator, CS-CASH. 

Close up of Adult Female Deer Tick Crawling on Straw
Tick- Borne Powassan Virus 

Earlier this Month, CNN Wire reported on this story as temperatures increase and we move closer to summer. 

According to the CDC, Powassan (POW) virus is transmitted to humans by infected ticks. Approximately 75 cases of POW virus disease were reported in the United States over the past decade. 
Most cases have occurred in the Northeast and Great Lakes region. 

Signs and symptoms of infection can include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures, and memory loss. Long-term neurologic problems may occur. There is no specific treatment, but people with severe POW virus illnesses often need to be hospitalized to receive respiratory support, intravenous fluids, or medications to reduce swelling in the brain.

You can reduce your risk of being infected with POW virus by using tick repellents, wearing long sleeves and pants, avoiding bushy and wooded areas, and doing thorough tick checks after spending time outdoors. If you think you or a family member may have POW virus disease, it is important to consult your healthcare provider.
Would you like to share your story? Submit your stories or pictures with contact information to  Knesha Rose   at AgriSafe Network. We'd love to hear from you.