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Using History and Accomplishments to Plan for the Future: A Summary of 15 Years in Agricultural Safety and Health andAction Steps for Future Directions

 

     
  Farm Foundation is providing assistance to a project to present diverse views on the broad array of agricultural safety and health issues. These presentations, and attendant discussion, will provide the basis for a consensus building process to publish a document on agricultural safety and health that will summarize recent past activities, describe progress, identify gaps and needs, anticipate changes, make recommendations for future action for the public record, and serve as a resource in national policy discussions.

The project, Using History and Accomplishments to Plan for the Future: A Summary of 15 Years in Agricultural Safety and Health and Action Steps for Future Directions, includes the sponsorship of ASH-NET (Agricultural Safety and Health Network); Eastern Washington University Center for Farm Health and Safety; John Deere Foundation; National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety; National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health; Occupational and Environmental Education and Research Center; Great Lakes Centers for Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health; Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.; University of Illinois Extension; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Agricultural Engineering; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Office of Continuing Education; W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The intended audience for Using History and Accomplishments to Plan for the Future: A Summary of 15 Years in Agricultural Safety and Health and Action Steps for Future Directions includes public and private agricultural safety and health researchers, educators, and programmers and cooperative extension personnel. Also targeted are representatives of: agricultural equipment manufactures; related local, state, and federal governmental agencies; public health agencies and organizations; medical and emergency medical service providers and educators; farmers; and seasonal and migrant farmworkers.

Since the official launch of the project, April 1, 2000, the planning committee has had 15 teleconferences with an average participation of 12 members. The planning committee had two face-to-face meetings in conjunction with agricultural safety and health conferences, one at the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health Conference in Cooperstown, NY in late April 2000. and one at the National Institute for Farm Safety Conference in Dubuque, Iowa, in June 2000.

The main activities of the planning committee during this period have been to define presentations desired for the conference, invite authors to write papers and present those presentations at the conference, finalize the agenda for the conference, and to secure participation from selected practicing farmers and farmworkers. Pertinent conference information, location, accommodations, and registration directions, was placed on the conference website: http://www.age.uiuc.edu/agsafety/conf.htm, and updated as needed. The project annual report is available  here.
 
 
       

 

 

 
   
 
 

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