AgriSafe in Action: December 2019
Rural Nurses Making an Impact
AgriSafe would like to take a moment to thank our Nurse Scholars for all of their hard work and dedication. Be sure to check out the video below to learn about some of our Nurse Scholars and the work that they do in their communities!
Insurance Exchange Marketplace Enrollment Deadline December 15, 2019
Farmers and ranchers represent an underinsured population meaning they have insurance coverage but the cost is over 10% of their income and limits may not be high enough to cover the full expenses of a claim.
Open Enrollment is the time each year when you can sign up for health insurance if you don't already have coverage through your job.
The majority of states are on the federal exchange and use, which means individuals must sign up between November 1st and December 15th for coverage starting on January 1, 2019.

Please remind the Ag producers that you serve that  Healthcare Open Enrollment Runs Through December 15 th . To learn more Click Here!
Stories from the Field: Cindy

Veterans face many difficulties not only while serving, but in transitioning to everyday life when they get back home as well. Cindy has dedicated her life to her country and has overcome many obstacles. AgriSafe would like to thank Cindy for her continued service!

Check out Cindy's story here !
AgriSafe in Action: National FFA Convention
AgriSafe attended the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo. October 30 through November 2, 2019 in Indiana, Indianapolis. Staff members Knesha Rose-Davison and Ansley Fey gave out over 50 zoonotic bingo kits to FFA advisors. AgriSafe spoke with over 3,000 FFA students and advisors on the dangers of zoonotic diseases and informed them on how to protect themselves while working with livestock.
December Health Spotlight:
Cold Weather Hydration
Baby – It’s Cold Outside!! 
It is that time of year to remind ourselves that cold weather hydration is as important as warm weather fluid intake. Because chilled air dries perspiration at a much faster rate, it is easy to think we are not at risk of dehydration. The extra layers of clothes absorb sweat that we don’t notice. That cloud of exhaled air in the cold air is really water vapor – water loss. Breathing cold, dry air can cause fluid depletion. Lungs must work harder to warm air intake and provide humidity just as our bodies must work harder to maintain temperature.

Tips to share with family members, clients, customers, students and/or co-workers:
-Take fluids with you when you leave your home
-Drink frequently – even if you don’t feel thirsty
-Limit alcohol and caffeine – they are diuretics and will speed up the dehydration effects
-Warm liquids and soups are excellent sources for winter hydration
- Monitor your urine output – if it is dark, you may be dehydrated 
Upcoming Webinars!
Eliminating Workplace Violence in the Field - for Employers

Date: Monday, December 9, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST

Presenter: Knesha Rose-Davison, MPH
Health Communications Director, AgriSafe Network
Webinar: Ag Specific Respiratory Exposures and Prevention for Women Working in Agriculture

 Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST

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

NY FarmNet - Helping Farmers Weather the Storm of Emotions + Economics

Date: Monday, December 16, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST

Presenters: Kate Downes, Outreach Director
Brenda O'Brien, Family Consultant
NY FarmNet
Invest in Your Health Scholar
Train the Trainer: Say What? Protecting Your Hearing

 Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CST

Presenter: Marjorie C. McCullagh, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN, FAAN,

Professor, Director, Occupational Health Nursing Program, Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership, University of Michigan School of Nursing  
Train the Trainer:Prevention of Zoonotic Diseases

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST

Presenter: Katelyn Haydett, MS, DVM Candidate, Michigan State University
Train the Trainer: Cover Up! Head to Toe PPE

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST

Presenter: Charlotte Halverson, RN, BSN, COHN-S, Clinical Director, AgriSafe Network
Gift Ideas for Safety: Tractor Step Kit

The aging process may result in compromised joints (arthritis), back pain, decreased distal sensation, vision deficits, slowing of reflexes along with a host of other physical and mental changes. 

A Christmas gift which may provide safety and comfort to worktime on the farm is an after-market tractor step kit with a handrail. Wider, skid resistant steps along with a 3rd step eases the movement in and out of the tractor cab.

Other gift ideas for your farmer may include ear muffs, no roll ear plugs, ANSI Z87 protective safety glasses, anti-vibration gloves, and half-face NIOSH approved respirators. Consider gifts which may bring a lifetime of good health and safety.
2020 AgrAbility National Training Workshop