AgInjryNews Hits More Milestones; Logs Site Visits From 54 Countries
Thank you for opening our e-newsletter. Keep scrolling and you’ll find nuggets of knowledge we believe can be helpful to you and your organization. A primary goal of the program and the newsletter is to provide useful data and information for agricultural safety and health stakeholders. Accordingly, we have included some programs and funding opportunities from our partners. If you have anything you’d like to share in a future issue, please connect with us.
The AgInjuryNews initiative had another solid year in 2020; some of those details are available on our Learn More page. We reached several milestones, including registering more than 1,200 user accounts, more than 50 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (as determined by email addresses), and logged site visitors from 54 countries. We’re continually amazed by the interest in the data and inspired by our many peers who work diligently towards improving the health and safety of the farmers and families who produce our food, fuel, and fiber. 
This is the seventh issue of the AgInjuryNews quarterly newsletter. We hope these will keep our users and collaborators better informed of ongoing initiatives and milestone achievements. As always, if you have any questions, please connect with us.
AgInjuryNews Helps Fill the Gap in Injury Reporting
BY Mystique Macomber

Occupational fatalities in agriculture are well documented and recorded by the federal government, but tracking non-working bystander and nonfatal injuries to farmers, ranchers, workers and their families falls short. Veteran journalist Mystique Macomber interviewed the experts and wrote a story explaining how helps fill the gap.
Recently Published & Under Review
Gorucu S, Weichelt B, Diehl D, Galindo S. (2021). An Overview of Agricultural Injuries in Florida from 2015 to 2019. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health.
Weichelt B, Gorucu S, Shutske J, Scott E, Burke R, Madsen M, Murphy D, and Rautiainen R. (2021). What about the rest of them? Their lives mattered too: fatal agricultural injuries not captured by BLS/CFOI. Journal of Agromedicine. (under review)
Burke R, Pilz M, Redmond E, Gorucu S, Weichelt B Stakeholders’ Usage of a Publicly Available Collection of Agricultural Injury Reports from News Media: A Five-Year Analysis of Website Usage and Visitor Analytics. Safety. (under review)
Weichelt B, Burke R, Redmond E, Shutske J. Farm Suicides in Wisconsin, 2017-2018: Preliminary Findings and a Call for Future Research. Safety. (under review)

AgInjuryNews hosts a 'Tools of the Trade' booth at ASHCA Summit
See how AgInjuryNews can help inform your own farm, your community, equipment manufacturers, insurers, and more. Walk through a mock request by your town’s community center to help with a recent uptick in ag injuries, or to see what injuries are most common in your neck of the woods and how you can prevent them.
AIN activity handout for participants to walk through during the video demonstration
Child ag safety coalition forms online community
The Childhood Agricultural Safety Network (CASN) will soon launch an online community. CASN members can utilize the new platform to post announcements, share resources, take quick polls, and collaborate on the safety and health of children in agriculture. CASN is a coalition of injury prevention, agricultural, and industry organizations working together to keep children safe on farms. There is no cost to join CASN and participate in the community. For more information, visit or email

Northeast Center offers Small Grants Program
Through our small grants program, researchers and occupational health and safety specialists are provided the opportunity to partner in their work with the Northeast Center. The program supports Northeast-based projects that identify emerging occupational health and safety issues or develop solutions to mitigate occupational hazards in agriculture, forestry and fishing.
Please use this link for further information, application forms and other submission information.
Our 2021-2022 program will fund two $25,000 mini-grants for one-year research projects.
We are looking for proposals that:
  • Lay the groundwork for larger, multi-year projects.
  • Identify emerging health and safety issues for those who work in agriculture, forestry and fishing.
  • Identify innovative and effective means for reducing/eliminating workplace hazards.
The Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health Announces the 2021 Request for Pilot Program Grant Applications
Request for Proposals 
Maximum $20,000 per project Release date: April 26, 2021 
Letter of intent due date: July 5, 2021 
Proposal due date: August 21, 2021 
Pilot/feasibility projects are fundamental to sustaining the quality, breadth, and dynamics of the CS-CASH program. These projects can lead to the development of new and creative research, prevention, intervention, outreach, education, evaluation, or translation findings and outcomes. They can explore new activities or directions or take advantage of special opportunities.
  • Pilot project duration is limited to 18 months and funding is limited to $20K 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. Examples of pilot or feasibility project activities include: 
  • Initial support for developing novel, innovative, cutting-edge research, translation, prevention, intervention, education, or outreach approaches.
  •  Adapting and evaluating proven prevention, intervention, outreach, or education tools or techniques for new populations, work environments, or delivery systems.
  • Obtaining preliminary data, mining existing state or national datasets, or pursuing critical data gaps.
  • Supporting investigators from other fields of study to apply their expertise to agriculture safety and health challenges.
  • Developing new mechanisms for external or multicenter collaborative partnerships to address emerging agriculture safety and health concerns; and
  • Exploring new directions that represent significant departures from established approaches yet have the potential to yield great impacts.
Want to find out more about CS-CASH and past pilot grant projects? Check out the 2020 Annual Report:
Training Tools for You

There’s a new tool from UMASH to support healthy animals, farms and employees. Dairy and swine training guides are live online (with print versions), and include videos, discussion guides, quizzes and a completion certificate.
The five-Part Dairy Training Series (in English and Spanish) engages the user in animal handling, low-stress environments, and more.
The Swine Training Guide (in English and Spanish) is a two-part series on sow handling and swine flu prevention.
These guides are intended for training by farmers, ranchers, farm employees, veterinarians, human resources training staff and those involved with worker health and safety training/education.
Demonstrating Safety at Minnesota FarmFest

Live farm demonstrations are happening at Minnesota Farmfest this year, with a focus on farming safely and preventing incidents. Farmfest attendees can engage with experts and expect to see safety and rescue demonstrations about grain sites, adult and youth-sized ATV and UTVs, tractor rollovers, and power take off (PTO). Ag Injury News shows why these are critical topics and conversations based on the sheer number of news reports. Visit the Safety Demonstration Pavilion August 3-5 in Redwood County Minnesota, hosted by the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH).
Registration is open for the 11th Annual Agricultural Health and Safety Course
The Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health and University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Public Health are excited to offer the Agricultural Health and Safety Course for Medical and Safety Professionals Course free of charge once again as a continued THANK YOU to our Essential Workers

About the Course
The Agricultural Health and Safety Course for Medical and Safety Professionals is designed to examine key health and safety issues specific to rural and agricultural workers. Experts will present course material relevant to those working in health care, public health, education, and safety professions.

Course Dates
· Session A Livestream: Agricultural Health — July 13-14
· Session B Livestream: Agricultural Safety and Prevention — July 15-16
· Session C Online: Special Topics — Online modules available starting July 13
Earn up to 36.75 Continuing Education Credits by completing all three sessions. 

How to Participate in the Course
This course is offered free of charge however registration is required.
Sessions A and B will be delivered live via the Zoom Video Conferencing software. Session C consists of online modules that you may complete at your own pace. 
*If you are taking this course as part of a requirement or certificate program with the UNMC College of Public Health, please note that you must register with the College and pay tuition to receive your course credit. 
To receive continuing education credits, you must complete all session/course requirements by August 13, 2021. 
To view the agenda and to register:

Agricultural Health and Safety Course for Medical and Safety Professionals
Injury Prevention
The National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Safety and Health recently put out a press release highlighting the importance of child safety on the farm:

The AgInjuryNews Core Team
Bryan Weichelt PhD, MBA, Associate Research Scientist, NFMC
Emily Redmond 
Research Coordinator & Data Specialist, NFMC
Serap Gorucu PhD,
Assistant Professor
University of Florida
Matt Pilz
Programmer/Analyst, NFMC
Rick Burke, MPH
Research Specialist, NFMC
Megan Sauer
Research Assistant, NFMC

Contributors to this Issue
In addition to our Core Team, listed above, the following have contributed to this issue of the AIN Newsletter: Mystique Macomber, Erika Scott, Ellen Duysen, Marsha Salzwedel, Scott Heiberger and Marie Fleisner.

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