Upcoming Webinars 

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Best PPE to Protect Your Lungs
Thursday, June 4, 2020
12:00pm -12:30 pm Central Time
Summary: Respiratory protection strategies for women working in agriculture can be a challenge. Purchasing respiratory protective equipment and achieving proper fit is often difficult. This one-hour webinar program will address dangerous exposures in agricultural work and the importance of respiratory protective equipment for women. It will include training tips and evidence-based resources for use in clinical practice and worker education
Intended audience: The primary audience for this program will be rural health care providers, educators, and agribusiness safety managers
Objectives (Focus areas): At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to: 
  1. List at least three sources of common agricultural respiratory hazards 
  2. Identify appropriate respiratory protection equipment for women working in agriculture 
  3. Access a minimum of three evidence-based resources for use in respiratory health and safety education for women working in agricultural environments.
This material was produced under grant number SH-05172-SH9 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. 

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Charlotte Halverson, RN, BSN, COHN-S

Charlotte serves as the Clinical Director for AgriSafe. Prior to this role, she worked for several years in hospital acute care settings and community education.  During those years, Charlotte developed and managed a Rural Outreach Health service and a Parish Health Ministry department serving nine counties in northeast Iowa.  
She is a "charter graduate" of the University of IA agricultural occupational medicine course, is certified in occupational hearing conservation and completed the NIOSH Spirometry training.
AgriSafe Network
1-866-312-3002
info@agrisafe.org
http://www.agrisafe.org

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Respirator Fit Testing in Agricultural Communities
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00 pm Central Time

Summary

Respiratory PPE fit testing helps assure the best protection against dangerous airborne particles. Agricultural workers face a myriad of challenges in obtaining a proper fit test and who can provide this service. Additionally, there are gray areas of misunderstanding about the fit testing mandates in certain agricultural populations. Respirator Fit Testing in Agricultural Communities will address some of these issues in an OSHA sponsored webinar on Wednesday, June 24 at 12:00 CDT

 

Intended audience: Agricultural workers, including women in agriculture, managers and owners of agricultural businesses, educational and healthcare organizations serving an agricultural population

Objectives (Focus areas): At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to: 

  1. Understand the difference between a respirator fit test and a fit check (seal check) procedure.
  2. Determine who should be fit tested for respiratory personal protective equipment (PPE)
  3. Identify who can perform a fit test and what tools are necessary for a fit test procedure
  4. Locate current reliable resources that provide information on respiratory fit testing

This material was produced under grant number SH-05172-SH9 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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Charlotte Halverson, RN, BSN, COHN-S

Charlotte serves as the Clinical Director for AgriSafe. Prior to this role, she worked for several years in hospital acute care settings and community education.  During those years, Charlotte developed and managed a Rural Outreach Health service and a Parish Health Ministry department serving nine counties in northeast Iowa.  
She is a "charter graduate" of the University of IA agricultural occupational medicine course, is certified in occupational hearing conservation and completed the NIOSH Spirometry training.
AgriSafe Network
1-866-312-3002
info@agrisafe.org
http://www.agrisafe.org

 

Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin

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Tune in every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon until 1 p.m. CT to learn about the latest resources and strategies.

A recording and podcast will be available for on-demand access after the live-streamed session.

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State Guidance and Potential New Rules to Protect Ag Workers from COVID-19

Thu, May 21, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT

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State safety agencies have considered whether additional safety measures are needed to protect agricultural workers
from potential exposures to coronavirus (“COVID-19”). Some states are offering specific guidance, some have published
resources and others such as Oregon OSHA, are considering whether to initiate rulemaking on farmworker housing and
field sanitation considering COVID-19 concerns.
In this presentation, we will examine how to assess states views regarding worker safety during the COVID-19
pandemic because state specific guidance and requirements may have a significant impact on the policies and procedures
that employers need to address safety issues related to COVID-19 under state safety laws.

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ATV and Side-by-Side Safety for Workers and Families in Agriculture

Fri, May 15, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

All-terrain vehicles and side-by-side vehicles have become essential components of most farms and ranches. Unfortunately,
they have also been an increasing cause of both occupational and recreational deaths and injuries in these settings. 
In this presentation, we will discuss the safety issues related to these vehicles in agriculture, and what measures should be
taken to decrease the risks.

Charles Jennissen, MD, is a pediatric emergency medicine physician and a Clinical Professor in the Departments of
Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Jennissen grew up on a dairy
farm in central Minnesota. Most of his research projects have addressed injury-related issues, especially those involving
off-road vehicles. 

His 12-year-old first cousin and another neighborhood boy were killed while on an ATV as they drove out of a farmyard
driveway and were hit by a pick-up just a few miles from his family’s farm. Dr. Jennissen is very active in the Iowa ATV
Safety Taskforce and is a member of a national coalition led by the Consumer Federation of America that has been working
to inform the public and governing officials of the dangers of off-road vehicles on public roads. He has been an advisory
board member of I-CASH (Iowa Center for Agricultural Safety and Health) for 21 years.

Iowa PBS presents special Market to Market: Mental Health

Thursday, May 14 at 2:30 pm Central 

Iowa PBS’s weekly, nationally syndicated agribusiness program Market to Market will bring together a panel of experts to address mental health in agriculture and answer viewer questions submitted via email and social media.

Market to Market: Mental Health will be recorded and livestreamed on iowapbs.org, YouTube and Facebook Thursday, May 14 at 2 p.m. The program will broadcast Friday, May 15 at 8:30 p.m. and repeat Sunday, May 17 at 2:30 p.m. on statewide Iowa PBS. This half-hour special will also be available on-demand on YouTube, Facebook, the PBS Video App and iowapbs.org.

Stress in rural America has been building with trade troubles, shrinking margins and evaporating savings accounts. Then COVID-19 arrived and disrupted nearly everything. Farm suicides and bankruptcies have been reported and those on and off the farm in rural America need assistance. This special will look at the challenges facing those feeding the supply chain in an effort to provide resources when they need them most.

The panelist joining host Paul Yeager will include Dr. Michael R. Rosmann, clinical psychologist and fourth-generation farmer from Harlan, Iowa, who works with rural Americans on behavioral and economic welfare; Adrienne DeSutter, former counselor turned farmer in Knox County, Illinois, who works on a grain/hobby cattle farm; Emily Krekelberg, University of Minnesota Extension educator for farm safety and health; and Angie Setzer, VP of Grains for Citizens Elevator based in Charlotte, Michigan, and regular analyst on Market to Market

Viewers may submit questions for the panel prior to recording. Those wanting to send in questions should do so by 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 14 via email at markettomarket@iowapbs.org, on Twitter @MarketToMarket or on the Market to Market show Facebook page

Market to Market is a production of Iowa PBS. Major funding is provided by Corteva, Grinnell Mutual, Sukup Manufacturing and public television stations across the country.


Protecting Farms: Developing habits that safeguard you, your children, employees and customers

Join us for a webinar on May 14, 2020 at 12:00 PM CDT.

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Since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all had to adjust to a “new normal”. Join us as we discuss what the “new normal” looks like for farmers, as we consider things like: What does it mean that my children are home all day, every day now? And how does that affect the farm? What does it mean to not be able to be “open” to visitors, like we were in the past? How do I accommodate and protect my visitors… and my business?

Our Presenter: Marsha Salzwedel, National Farm Medicine Center

We are limited to just 100 participants so register today! If you are unable to join us for the webinar but would like to receive the recording, please email me at director@wiagtourism.com. Thank you.

   

Free Webinar!
Behavioral Health Planning:
A Key to Farming in the Era of COVID-19

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Noon -1:00 pm Central Time

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Summary: COVID-19 adds new uncertainties to farming on top of a five-year or longer economic recession in most sectors of agriculture. Like climate shifts, tariffs, and disease outbreaks in crops and livestock, COVID-19 is largely beyond the control of agricultural producers. Importantly however, we can mostly control how we behave. Agricultural producers will learn how to develop plans for minimizing infections of the virus, set up arrangements for access to necessary inputs such as equipment and repairs, contracts for a labor force and transportation, and where to become knowledgeable about federal and state assistance programs. Farm families will learn how to develop behavior plans that include: signs of physical and emotional distress, daily behavior practices that nurture one another even if isolation becomes necessary, looking out for neighbors and loved ones while maintaining physical distance, building a support network that can be contacted when specific expertise is needed, and more. Examples of these coping tactics will be shared for 25 minutes by Dr. Rosmann, integrated with 25 minutes of questions and comments from the webinar participants.

Intended Audience: In addition to the staff of NYCAMH and AgriSafe, this webinar is intended for farmers, ranchers, agricultural workers, and others who serve the agricultural community, including Extension personnel, healthcare workers, and public officials. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Webinar participants will learn how the behavioral health of agricultural producers differs from the non-farm population, particularly during this era of COVID-19
  • The participants will learn how to develop behavior coping plans within their families and with employees
  • The participants will learn about daily behavioral management practices, including sleep, family talking sessions, physical affirmations that produce relaxation and comfort, diet, and maintaining affiliation along with physical distancing

How to build a support network of needed expertise while minimizing exposure to COVID-19

Michael R. Rosmann, Ph.D.

Psychologist/Farmer, Adjunct Professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Iowa

Michael Rosmann is a farmer and psychologist at Harlan, Iowa. He obtained his BA in psychology from the University of Colorado and his MS and PhD degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Utah. His professional work has contributed to the understanding of why people farm, their behavioral health, and why suicide is unusually common among farmers. The Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network program that is being implemented by the USDA as part of the 2018 Farm Bill is largely based on the work he and colleagues undertook for four decades. Dr. Rosmann often contributes to national and international media, such as NPR, CNN, the Guardian, The New Republic, Time Magazine, and many farming periodicals about agricultural behavioral health, and now COVID-19.  

Please share! Webinar about ways produce farms can limit the spread of COVID-19. Entirely in Spanish.

April 30 at 5 pm CST.

Hosted by University of Minnesota Extension LEDC-MN and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture https://bit.ly/2VFdYeP

Esta sesión cubrirá los conceptos básicos de lo que se sabe sobre COVID-19. Incluye la transmisión del virus, prácticas recomendadas de saneamiento, y una discusión sobre cómo los agricultores y trabajadores pueden reducir los riesgos en sus ranchos de productos agrícolas frescos.

Los presentadores incluyen a Alejandra Cortes, Departamento de Agricultura de Minnesota, Rodrigo Cala, Centro para Desarrollo Económico Latino y Shared Ground Cooperativa, y Natalie Hoidal, Extensión de la Universidad de Minnesota.

La presentación durará aproximadamente 40 minutos, con 40 minutos más para preguntas y discusión.

Para ingresar al evento de manera directa vaya a este enlace: z.umn.edu/CovidParaRanchos

No Longer Invisible: Public health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Tuesday, April 28
1:00 pm
 - 2:30 pm CDT

On Sunday, April 26, Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) will premiere Our Invisible Guardians, a documentary about public health and the many people who work behind the scenes to keep us healthy. Since the film was made a short five months ago, COVID-19 has changed our world and public health is far from ”invisible.”

Join School of Public Health (SPH) Dean John Finnegan for an April 28 webinar as he talks with documentary stars and SPH faculty Michael Osterholm, Marizen Ramirez, Timothy Beebe, and Jeff Bender about how their professional lives have changed to focus on the coronavirus and its impact.

NOTE: The documentary, Our Invisible Guardians, will air on Sunday, April 26, at 8 a.m. (TPT2), and 7 p.m. (MNChannel). You can also stream online.

Moderator:

John R. Finnegan Jr.
Dean and Professor
School of Public Health

Panelists:

Timothy Beebe
Mayo Professor and Division Head of Health Policy & Management
School of Public Health

Focus: The pandemic’s systems-level impact on health care delivery and organizations.

Jeff Bender
Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
Director of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH)

Focus: The distinct challenges COVID-19 poses for rural populations and farmers.

Michael Osterholm
Regents Professor of Public Health, School of Public Health
Director for the UMN Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

Focus: The response to the pandemic and vital policy changes needed to control the spread.

Marizen Ramirez
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
School of Public Health

Focus: The trauma to families caused by COVID-19.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 10:00 AM -- 11:00 AM CDT

For the first time in history, technology is being used to help slow the spread of communicable disease. Technology enables employees to work remotely, participate in virtual meetings, complete training, and stay connected with their team members. This free webinar, presented by Safety Made Simple, will examine why social/physical distancing is important, provide tips for working remotely, and explore the benefits of online training during a pandemic crisis.

Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/884400280691493902 

 

Preparing for Berry Picking Season with COVID-19 in Mind

Join us for a webinar on Apr 23, 2020 at 4:00 PM CDT.

This webinar will address pick-your-own and pre-picked operations as well as consumer and employee safety on the farm. Following the presentations we will have an open grower discussion.

Be sure to include the questions you would like addressed on your registration so we can share them with the speakers prior to the webinar. We are limited to just 100 participants so register today!

4:00 - Kristin Krokowski, Commercial Horticulture Educator - UW-Madison, Division of Extension Waukesha County

4:30 - Shawn Bartholomew, Produce Supervisor, Bureau of Food and Recreational Business - WI DATCP

5:00 - Rebecca McArthur, Owner - McArthur Farms, South Carolina

Following Rebecca's presentation we will have an open grower discussion.

If you are unable to join us for the webinar but would like to receive the recording, please email me at info@wiberriesandveggies.com. Thank you.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

To Register go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6185940784641687564

COVID-19 Conversations Webinar Series

Emerging Evidence for COVID-19 Spread and Treatment

April 9, 2020 | 12:30 – 2 p.m. ET

The third COVID-19 Conversations webinar will discuss: emerging evidence on SARS-CoV-2 surface and aerosol transmission and stability; emerging and promising treatment modalities for COVID-19, including convalescent plasma and hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine; and the ethical implications and considerations for treating those who are ill with therapeutics approved via an emergency use authorization.

 

The webinar’s panel of expert speakers:

  • Margaret "Peggy" Hamburg, MD (Moderator) - Foreign Secretary, National Academy of Medicine, and former FDA Commissioner
  • John-Martin Lowe, PhD - Assistant Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Health Security Training and Education and Associate Professor of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Arturo Casadevall, MD, PhD - Chair, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • R. Alta Charo, JD - Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Speaker presentations will be followed by a Q&A session with the webinar audience.

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Smart technology in agriculture & the home: what is it and what is its impact on safety and efficiency?

Wednesday, April 8

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET

“Smart technology” is an umbrella term that encompasses many devices designed to make life easier for the user. Common types of smart technologies include watches, televisions, and a wide variety of other home devices (some that even respond to their own names). While marketed to the masses as the “next big thing,” for some individuals these devices can restore their independence and, in certain cases, even be life-saving. Whether the smart technologies are worn on the body or remain stationary, they can help prevent accidents from happening or assist in contacting emergency services if a crisis should occur. This webinar will discuss how smart technologies can benefit agricultural workers in the workplace and in the home.

Webinar topics include:

  • Types of smart technologies
    • Wearable devices
    • Home devices
  • Implications for agriculture
  • Implications for individuals with disabilities

Our Presenter:

Luke Cain is a student from Indiana Wesleyan University’s occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) program. He is currently completing his residency project with AgrAbility with a focus on advocacy for the program and for agriculture workers with disabilities. He graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and will be graduating from OTD school in April 2020. Luke is passionate about helping individuals with disabilities receive the therapy, education, and any other services they may need to help them meet their goals and be as independent as possible.

A question & answer period will follow the presentation.

To participate in this free webinar, click here to access the online registration form by Friday, April 3. Instructions for accessing the session will be sent to registrants by Monday, April 6. Please pass on this invitation to others you believe may be interested. Contact AgrAbility at 800-825-4264 or email agrability@agrability.org if you have questions.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12:00 PM-1:00 PM CDT

COVID-19 has brought unprecedented changes to our lives. Amidst it, all, farms and families have to keep
functioning. 
Are you working from home? Are you helping your kids learn from a distance? Are you trying to
farm or ranch through all these changes? Mental health specialist Monica McConkey and agricultural education
professor Amy Smith will join moderator Extension educator Megan Roberts to talk about strategies to learn,
work, and thrive from home during a spring planting season unlike any other.

About our presenters:

Monica Kramer McConkey, LPC has 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field as a child and
adolescent counselor, program supervisor, and administrator. Monica grew up on a farm in Northwest
Minnesota and has an intimate understanding of the dynamics that contribute to farm stress and its impact
on farm families. Monica is very much in touch with the agricultural way of life.

Amy Smith is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Education at the University of Minnesota. There, she teaches
both undergraduate and graduate courses and conducts research on school and community-based agricultural
education, teacher recruitment and retention. She provides support for developing, new and veteran teachers,
encouraging work/life integration in order to avoid burnout. Personally, Amy is a single mom to a medically-complex
9-year-old son, Treynor. While she doesn't have it all figured out, she understands the critical importance of
prioritizing things that matter most.

Megan Roberts is a University of Minnesota Extension educator. Her Extension work primarily focuses on farm
transition, farm resiliency, and women in ag. Her most recent research explored farmer emotional and financial
wellbeing. Megan is proud to live on a hog and crop farm with her husband and young son.

Session host: Doris Mold, Presidents' Council - American Agri-Women, President District 11 Agri-Women

Register here: https://bit.ly/3aPJU59 

What Ag Producers Need to Know About COVID19 (Recording)

https://learning.agrisafe.org/products/what-ag-producers-need-to-know-about-covid19-recording 

AgriSafe Learning: What Ag Producers Need to Know About COVID19 (Recording)

Summary
Coronavirus has gained attention worldwide as an emerging infectious disease. This webinar is intended to share evidence-based information about COVID19 and to help agricultural producers identify strategies for responding on their farm.
Intended Audience
Agricultural producers, ranchers, farmers, farmworkers, veterinarians, Extension personnel, rural health care providers, and others who work in agriculture.
Objectives
At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
  • be aware of common signs and symptoms of COVID-19
  • understand the transmission risk to yourself, employees, and potentially your animals
  • describe infection control principles and appropriate strategies for limiting disease transmission
  • locate resources and training for ag producers related to infection prevention
The audio from this webinar is also available as a podcast. Check it out here...
Thank you to our generous sponsor for supporting this webinar:

  COVID-19 and Your Dairy, Webinar on Friday, March 20 @10 AM EST

Steps that dairy managers should consider to protect their workforce, their business and their markets.

March 20, 2020 | 10-11 am EST
Link to Join COVID-19 and Your Dairy

Richard Stup, PhD, Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development and Rob Lynch, DVM, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY

Topics include: why prevention of the coronavirus/COVID-19 is important, steps that employers should take to protect employees, animal health considerations, what to do if service providers are not available, disaster contingency plans, cross-training of employees who can fill other roles, business resources for employers, and pending federal and state legislation related to coronavirus and employees.