AgriSafe in Action: September 2019
National Farm Safety and Health Week!
National Farm Safety and Health Week: September 16-21
The 2019 theme for National Farm Safety & Health Week is “Shift Farm Safety into High Gear”. Go to for information and public service announcements related to this year’s theme.
Monday, September 16
Tuesday, September 17
Wednesday, September 18
Thursday, September 19
Friday, September 20
Agri Safe Welcomes New Interns!
Tong Li
Tong Li is a second-year MPH student in the Department of Epidemiology at Tulane University. She currently works as a research assistant in Louisiana Cancer Research Center. She is interested in skin cancer and workplace violence among women in agriculture. She hopes to contribute to improving the health condition among farmers. 
She is excited to have the opportunity to apply what she has learned in class into practice.
Clarke Evans
Clarke Evans is a 2nd year MPH student at LSUHSC in the Environmental and Occupational Health Department. She is interested in working in the medical field in the area of Occupational Medicine.
She has an agricultural background and a deep compassion for those who work in that field. She looks forward to a great semester and plans to take advantage of every opportunity to learn and contribute.
Agrisafe 2019 Nurse Scholars Program
Calling All Nurses! Not Too Late to Register
It is not too late to register for the AgriSafe 2019 Nurse Scholar program start date (September 4, 2019) is quickly approaching and registration is available! The 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 prevention, identification and assessment of diseases related to agricultural work exposures. Classes are in the form of webinars that can be viewed live or OnDemand (your own time). The program will end on December 12, 2019.
Registration is still open!
For more information on the Nurse Scholar Program: Click Here
AgriSafe Staff in Action: FarmFest 2019
AgriSafe staff members Linda Emanuel and Stacey Jenkins recently attended the Minnesota Farmfest. The 2019 attendees were greeted by a new exhibition space highlighting Agriculture and Safety Resources hosted by Farm Bureau Financial Services and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Thanks to the generosity of 3M, AgriSafe was able to give over 350 respiratory masks to farmers and ranchers and families whom visited our booth. Linda and Stacey, fielded many appropriate questions regarding mask safety guidelines as to correct fit, application and usages in the variety of environments agriculturists commonly work in.  These discussions and free mask samples will provide insight and knowledge to the upper Midwest producers when practicing good respiratory health. 

Thank you to 3M for their generous donation of respiratory protection.
Stories From The Field
Carey Portell
Check out Carey Portell's inspiring story of overcoming barriers to continue to work in agriculture after being hit by a drunk driver. Her story shows perseverance in the face of tragedy and just how resilient those in the agricultural community are.
September Health Spotlight:
Heat Related Illness
Farmers and agricultural workers perform work in a wide range of environmental conditions. The severity of symptoms will vary, but knowing the warning signs of heat related illness can save lives. According to a 2008 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study, during 1992-2006, a total of 68 crop workers died from heat stroke. This represents a rate nearly 20 times greater than all U.S. civilian workers. Farmers working in particular areas are at an elevated risk for heat stress. It is important to understand the symptoms and the risks of heat-related illnesses.
Health Tip : Avoid heavy exertion, extreme heat, sun exposure, and high humidity when possible. According to NIOSH, when these cannot be avoided, take the preventative steps such as wearing light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing such as cotton, schedule heavy work during the coolest parts of day, take breaks in the shade or a cool area, drink water frequently ,and be aware that certain protective clothing or personal protective equipment may increase the risk of heat-related illnesses.
For more information Learn Here !
Mental Health in Rural Populations:
A Federal Perspective
  • Diane M. Hall, Ph.D., MSEd., Policy Research, Analysis, and Development Office, Office of the Associate Director for Policy and Strategy
  • Paul Moore, DPh, Executive Secretary, National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services, Senior Health Policy Advisor- Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
  • Natalie Roy, MPH, AgriSafe Executive Director
Thursday, September 5, 2019
12 PM - 1 PM CDT
Upcoming Events in Agriculture
This FREE Trainer Exchange is available after the CAIP workshop. For more information on how to register Click Here !