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  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Avian Influenza is a disease caused by viruses that can infect birds and people. Avian influenza viruses are routinely present in wild bird species and can be transmitted to backyard and commercial poultry, but very rarely to people. This presentation will focus on understanding the current state of the avian influenza outbreak in the US and provide recommendations for personal protective equipment for people who work with poultry and poultry products.

    Summary: Avian Influenza is a disease caused by viruses that can infect birds and people. Avian influenza viruses are routinely present in wild bird species and can be transmitted to backyard and commercial poultry, but very rarely to people. This presentation will focus on understanding the current state of the avian influenza outbreak in the US and provide recommendations for personal protective equipment for people who work with poultry and poultry products.

    Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to...

    • Describe avian influenza and how it can be transmitted between birds
    • Identify appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to use when working with exposed or ill animals
    • Recognize the human signs and symptoms that may indicate an avian influenza exposure
    • Access evidence-based health & safety resources focused on safe practices when working around potential animal-borne diseases

    Intended Audience: Ag producers, farmers, poultry workers, veterinarians, healthcare providers, and anyone with exposure to poultry or other birds

    This webinar is offered in English with Spanish interpretation, provided courtesy of the National Center for Farmworker Health.

    Charlotte Halverson, RN, BSN, COHN-S

    Clinical Director, AgriSafe Network

    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. From 1997 to 2013, she provided agricultural occupational health services and program development for the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety.

    Chad Roy, PhD, MSPH

    Director, Infectious Disease Aerobiology, Director, Biodefense Research Programs at the Tulane National Primate Research Center, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, Tulane School of Medicine

    Dr.Roy is a professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Tulane University Schoolof Medicine and also the Director of Infectious Disease Aerobiology at theTulane National Primate Research Center. Dr. Roy's research focuses onrespiratory health and the aerobiology of infectious diseases.  Dr. Roy isa career aerobiologist, and has been active in numerous investigations for anarray of high consequence pathogens over the years.  Currently, Dr. Royand his laboratory enterprise are heavily engaged in the COVID-19 response incooperation with the US NIH, CDC, and other international partners.  Heserves on numerous ad hoc SME panels contributing to the ongoingresponse to COVID-19, including as an invited panelist with the World HealthOrganizations’ (WHO) committee on development of animal models for futuretesting of medical countermeasures.    

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries. Farmers are at very high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries, and farming is one of few industries in which family members (who often share the work and live on the premises) are also at risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries. ATVs and UTVs are found on all types of farms; they are useful for agricultural work, but they also pose serious hazards to operators and passengers. Studies indicate that injured ATV/UTV passengers are more commonly female and youth and that helmet use is significantly lower for passengers. The focus of the training would be on ATV/UTV maintenance and safety features, personal protective equipment (PPE), load and weight considerations, operation on public roadways, as well as employee training and considerations for working alone.

    Summary: Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries. Farmers are at very high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries, and farming is one of few industries in which family members (who often share the work and live on the premises) are also at risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries. ATVs and UTVs are found on all types of farms; they are useful for agricultural work, but they also pose serious hazards to operators and passengers. Studies indicate that injured ATV/UTV passengers are more commonly female and youth and that helmet use is significantly lower for passengers. The focus of the training would be on ATV/UTV maintenance and safety features, personal protective equipment (PPE), load and weight considerations, operation on public roadways, as well as employee training and considerations for working alone.

    Intended Audience: Producers- This training is intended primarily for agricultural producers, including but not limited to farmers, ranchers, and any person or persons involved in some combination of raising field crops, orchards, vineyards, poultry, or other livestock.

    This material was produced under grant number SH-05068-SH8 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.

    Dan Neenan, MBA, Paramedic

    NECAS Manager

    Dan joined NECAS staff in August 2002 as Director. Dan is a Paramedic Specialist, Firefighter II and EMS Instructor. He is a member of the Iowa Propane Board; Vice Chair of the Dubuque County Emergency Management Commission; and Treasurer, Dubuque County EMS. In his work at NECAS, Dan has developed several OSHA approved training programs as well as agricultural rescue programs. Safety programs include viticulture safety, enology safety, confined space-grain bin entry, prevention of grain storage fire and explosions, chemical safety, and confined space- manure pit safety. Rescue programs at NECAS include tractor rollover, combine auger rescue, grain bin rescue, and manure pit rescue. 

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Changing climate, market conditions, and many other factors impact the work and health of livestock producers, ranchers, and farmers. When a natural disaster is added on top of other stressors, support from a variety of sources is needed. This webinar will focus on the USDA Disaster Assistance Programs available to support producers who are raising livestock.

    Summary: Changing climate, market conditions, and many other factors impact the work and health of livestock producers, ranchers, and farmers. When a natural disaster is added on top of other stressors, support from a variety of sources is needed. This webinar will focus on the USDA Disaster Assistance Programs available to support producers who are raising livestock.

    Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to…
    1. Understand the options available to Livestock producers through USDA Disaster Assistance programs
    2. Explore the timeline and process requirements for participation in these programs
    3. Summarize the program benefits to farmer/rancher mental and financial health

    Intended Audience: Livestock producers, ranchers, farmers, ag safety and health professionals

    Continuing Education:

    The Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety offers 0.10 CEU or 1.0 contact hour/s of participation. This course is eligible for 1.0 CPH Recertification Credits and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, an approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. The following groups of professionals have been able to use these CEUs in the past; Industrial Hygiene (CIH), Certified Public Health Professional(CPH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Nursing (RN, LPN), Social Work (LSW), Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT), Audiology (ABA), and others. Please contact your accrediting agency regarding any questions about receiving credits.

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    Jack Field, B.S.

    Risk Advisor, CKP Insurance

    Jack is a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Washington Cattle Feeder’s Association (WCFA), and Washington Cattlemen’s Association and is currently the Executive Director of the WCFA. Jack previously was employed as the Executive Vice President of the Washington Cattlemen’s Association from 2004-2017. Jack also represents the WCFA in Olympia throughout the legislative session. Jack works closely with Cattle Feeders throughout the Pacific Northwest to address the challenges that face the cattle feeding community. Jack is also an agent with CKP Insurance, LLC.

    Jack has been working with CKP Insurance since 2017 and has had the opportunity to work with cattlemen and hay producers throughout WA, OR and ID assisting them with the Pasture Range and Forage Program and the Livestock Risk Protection Program. Jack graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Agricultural Science and Technology and a minor in Agricultural Systems Management from the University of Idaho in 1999.
    Prior to joining the Washington Cattlemen's Association in 2004, he was an assistant farm manager on a 2,200-acre irrigated row crop in White Swan, Washington. Jack was raised on a small cow/calf operation in central Oregon.  Jack resides in Yakima, WA with his wife Skye where they own and operate Lazy JF Cattle Co. a small commercial cow/calf cattle operation.

    Continuing Education: The Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety offers 0.10 CEU or 1.0 contact hour/s of participation. This course is eligible for 1.0 CPH Recertification Credits and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, an approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. The following groups of professionals have been able to use these CEUs in the past; Industrial Hygiene (CIH), Certified Public Health Professional(CPH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Nursing (RN, LPN), Social Work (LSW), Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT), Audiology (ABA), and others. Please contact your accrediting agency regarding any questions about receiving credits.

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  • Contains 80 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The AgriSafe Nurse Scholar program is a distance learning opportunity available to rural nurses. Education and training, 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 OnDemand. Nurses who complete this course will be eligible for 20 hours of continuing nursing education.

    The AgriSafe Nurse Scholar program is a distance learning opportunity available to rural nurses, nurse practitioners, and nurse educators. Education and training, provided by experienced health & safety educators will enable rural nurses to increase their knowledge base in the prevention, identification, and assessment of diseases related to agricultural work exposures. Nurses who complete this course will be eligible for 20 hours of continuing nursing education provided by the University of Louisiana Lafayette.

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    The Nurse Scholar program provides flexibility to earn your CNE contact hours. Classes are in the form of webinars that can be viewed OnDemand (your own time). 

    The AgriSafe Nurse Scholar course including all content, testing, and evaluation must be completed by March 15, 2023.

    Email nursescholar@agrisafe.org with any questions.

    This program is supported by:

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    Christine L. Chasek LIMHP, LADC, LPC

    Associate Professor, Department of Counseling and School Psychology, Director of BHECN , University of Nebraska at Kearney

    Rupali Das, MD, MPH, FACOEM

    Senior Vice President, California Medical Director, Zenith Insurance Company, and Associate Clinical Professor, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of California San Francisco

    Kelley J. Donham, MS, DVM, DACVPM

    Consultant in Agricultural Medicine and the Rural Health Clinic of Eastern Iowa

    Linda Emanuel, RN

    Community Health Nurse, AgriSafe Network

    Nate Fethke, PhD, CPE

    Associate Professor Occupational &Environmental Health, University of Iowa

    Charlotte Halverson, RN, BSN, COHN-S

    Nurse Scholar Program Coordinator and Lead Instructor, Clinical Director, AgriSafe Network

    Tara Haskins, DNP, RN

    Total Farmer Health Director, AgriSafe Network

    Sarah Hunt, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

    Regis University and Sanford Center for Digestive Health

    Charles Jennissen, MD

    Clinical Professor, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

    Marjorie McCullagh, PhD, RN, PHNA-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN, FAAN

    Professor and Occupational Health Nursing Program Director, University of Michigan School of Nursing

    Jill Poole, MD

    Professor of Medicine Section Chief and Medical Director of Allergy Nebraska Medical Center University of Nebraska Medical Center Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep & Allergy Division Department of Medicine

    Athena Ramos, PhD, MBA, MS, CPM

    Assistant Professor, Center for Reducing Health Disparities, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center

    Deborah B. Reed, MSPH, PhD, RN, FAAOHN, FAAN

    Distinguished Service Professor and Good Samaritan Endowed Chair College of Nursing University of Kentucky

    Natalie Roy, MPH

    Executive Director, AgriSafe Network

    Diana R. Simmes, MPH

    Pesticide Medical Education Director University of California Davis Continuing & Professional Education + Courtesy Assistant Professor of Practice Oregon State University

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Summary: Owning heirs’ property and experiencing the challenges that accompany this means of owning property can have a negative impact on the mental health and well-being of farmers and landowners. These impacts can be especially felt by individuals who make their living from the land. This webinar will help heirs’ property owners and the professionals who support them to understand the challenges that heirs’ property owners face, identify paths toward clearing title, and learn strategies for preventing the occurrence of heirs’ property in the future.

    Summary: Owning heirs’ property and experiencing the challenges that accompany this means of owning property can have a negative impact on the mental health and well-being of farmers and landowners. These impacts can be especially felt by individuals who make their living from the land. This webinar will help heirs’ property owners and the professionals who support them to understand the challenges that heirs’ property owners face, identify paths toward clearing title, and learn strategies for preventing the occurrence of heirs’ property in the future.

    Objectives: Following the session, the learner will be able to….
    1.  Identify when heirs’ property may be present
    2. Understand the challenges and stressors that can result from owning heirs’ property
    3. Identify potential solutions to addressing heirs’ property ownership
    4. Propose potential strategies to minimize the occurrence of heirs’ property through estate planning

    Continuing Education: The Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety offers 0.10 CEU or 1.0 contact hour/s of participation. This course is eligible for 1.0 CPH Recertification Credits and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, an approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. The following groups of professionals have been able to use these CEUs in the past; Industrial Hygiene (CIH), Certified Public Health Professional(CPH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Nursing (RN, LPN), Social Work (LSW), Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT), Audiology (ABA), and others. Please contact your accrediting agency regarding any questions about receiving credits.
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    Veronica McClendon, Esq.

    Principal Attorney and Owner of McClendon Law and Consulting, LLC

    McClendon Law and Consulting, LLC

    Veronica McClendon serves as the principal attorney and owner of McClendon Law and Consulting, LLC. Her firm helps families put the proper legal documents in place so that they can enjoy the full benefits of property ownership and leave an inheritance for their descendants. Veronica has a passion for strengthening families, restoring communities, and helping people to build legacies. Her firm offers a range of legal services including consulting with families on clearing title to heir’s property, drafting wills and estate plans, administering the estates of deceased persons, and helping families form collective ownership entities to hold and manage family-owned land and other real estate.   Veronica attended college at Mercer University in Macon, GA, and later attended Duke Law School in Durham, NC. She lives in Macon where she is actively engaged in the local legal community, serving as the Immediate Past President of the Macon Bar Association and as a board member of Middle Georgia Justice, a local nonprofit law firm. Veronica lives with her husband and two daughters, and together they enjoy gardening, homeschooling, and co-hosting the Pursuing Wholeness Podcast, which is available on Apple Podcasts.

    Continuing Education: The Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety offers 0.10 CEU or 1.0 contact hour/s of participation. This course is eligible for 1.0 CPH Recertification Credits and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, an approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. The following groups of professionals have been able to use these CEUs in the past; Industrial Hygiene (CIH), Certified Public Health Professional(CPH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Nursing (RN, LPN), Social Work (LSW), Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT), Audiology (ABA), and others. Please contact your accrediting agency regarding any questions about receiving credits.

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  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Veterans have a long history of service to our country through military service and through agriculture. The 2017 USDA report added a new special category of producers: “Producers with Military Service”. This report identified that 370,019 men and women agriculture producers claimed the title of US veteran, with 294,974 of them having spent more than 10 years on their farm. Recently much attention has highlighted veterans’ participation in farming. With this new attention, it is important to understand the unique characteristics and needs of those veterans

    Summary: Veterans have a long history of service to our country through military service and through agriculture. The 2017 USDA report added a new special category of producers: “Producers with Military Service”. This report identified that 370,019 men and women agriculture producers claimed the title of US veteran, with 294,974 of them having spent more than 10 years on their farm. Recently much attention has highlighted veterans’ participation in farming. With this new attention, it is important to understand the unique characteristics and needs of those veterans. 

    Registered nurses will be able address the needs of veteran farmers with a clearer understanding of the veteran experience compounded by the stress of farming and link veteran farmers to importance resources that support and build provider-client relationships and client resilience

    Objectives:
    The learner will be able to:

    • Outline the unique challenges that veterans face when returning from service to build a career in agriculture.
    • Utilize resources that are available to veterans that provide support for their unique challenges.

    Intended Audience
    All healthcare professionals, health and safety professionals, veteran healthcare administrators, farm/ranch owner and operators, public health, agricultural professionals working in academia, business or production, organizations working with veteran farmers, veterans and veteran groups. 

    Continuing Education:

    The Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety offers 0.1 CEU or 1.0 contact hours of participation. This course is eligible for 1.0 CPH Recertification Credits and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, an approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. The following groups of professionals have been able to use these CEUs in the past; Industrial Hygiene (CIH), Certified Public Health Professional(CPH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Nursing (RN, LPN), Social Work (LSW), Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT), Audiology (ABA), and others.  Please contact your accrediting agency regarding any questions about receiving credits.

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    Continuing Education :

    The Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety offers 0.1 CEU or 1.0 contact hours of participation. This course is eligible for 1.0 CPH Recertification Credits and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, an approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. The following groups of professionals have been able to use these CEUs in the past; Industrial Hygiene (CIH), Certified Public Health Professional(CPH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Nursing (RN, LPN), Social Work (LSW), Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT), Audiology (ABA), and others.  Please contact your accrediting agency regarding any questions about receiving credits.

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    Continuing Nursing Education Information:

    • Faculty and planners of this educational activity have disclosed that they have NO conflicts of interest related to this program.
    • There will be NO discussion of off-label use of products for purposes other than what was approved by the FDA.
    • This program has NO commercial support
    • To receive the 1.0 contact hours, you must watch the entire program, complete and pass the post-test, complete the post-program evaluation

    ​Dr. Crystal Kyle

    Biological Science Specialist in the Institute of Youth, Family, and Community (IYFC)

    Dr. Crystal Kyle serves as a Biological Science Specialist in the Institute of Youth, Family, and Community (IYFC). She provides programmatic grant support to competitive and non-competitive grant programs. As a military veteran who farms, one of her emphasis is on Military and Veteran Programs and scholarships, such as AgVet and Military Reimbursables. These include Military REACH, Military Family Learning Network, Virtual Lab School, Family Readiness, Yellow Ribbon, Substance Abuse, and Early Learning collaborations with Department of Defense. Other areas include Small and Medium Farm grants under Small Business Innovation Research. Dr. Kyle provides assistance in Beginner Farmer and Rancher, AgrAbility, 4-H, and 1890s Programs.  She holds a PhD in Agricultural, leadership and community development from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Agriculture is a hazardous industry associated with many occupational injuries and diseases. Workers may be exposed to various types of occupational hazards simultaneously, possibly increasing the risk of adverse health outcomes. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is critical for ensuring a safe working environment in agriculture. It is essential to utilize PPE that meets safety standards, is appropriate for your work, and is the proper fit. PPE is often designed with men in mind, making adequate fit and function problematic for women in agriculture. This training will address the different hazards in agricultural work and the appropriate PPE for women. Additionally, this training will review how to conduct both a respirator fit test and a fit check (seal check) procedure. This presentation aims to guide the selection and effectiveness of PPE worn by women in the agricultural field.

    Summary: Agriculture is a hazardous industry associated with many occupational injuries and diseases. Workers may be exposed to various types of occupational hazards simultaneously, possibly increasing the risk of adverse health outcomes. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is critical for ensuring a safe working environment in agriculture. It is essential to utilize PPE that meets safety standards, is appropriate for your work, and is the proper fit. PPE is often designed with men in mind, making adequate fit and function problematic for women in agriculture.

    This training will address the different hazards in agricultural work and the appropriate PPE for women. Additionally, this training will review how to conduct both a respirator fit test and a fit check (seal check) procedure. This presentation aims to guide the selection and effectiveness of PPE worn by women in the agricultural field.

    Intended Audience: Producers – This training is intended primarily for agricultural producers, including but not limited to farmers, ranchers, and any person or persons involved in some combination of raising field crops, orchards, vineyards, poultry, or other livestock.

    This material was produced under grant number SH-05068-SH8 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.

  • Contains 17 Component(s), Includes Credits

    FarmResponse is a three-and-a-half-hour (3.5) continuing education module developed by national experts from the AgriStress Response Network. The FarmResponse course addresses farm and ranching cultural issues, financial stress, land ownership and legacy issues, and the work of agriculture. This knowledge is critical for a healthcare professional to effectively care for a farmer’s total health (health of the body and mind). FarmResponse improves cultural competencies and understanding of the stressors affecting agricultural producers, workers, and their families for hotline, emergency, primary care, acute care, and behavioral healthcare professionals.

    FarmResponse is a 3.5-hour continuing education course developed by national experts from the AgriStress Response Network. AgriSafe’s FarmResponse course provides the full range of competencies necessary to provide appropriate mental healthcare for agricultural producers and their families. This knowledge is critical for a healthcare professional to effectively care for a farmer’s total health.

    The topics covered in FarmResponse include:

    • The Total Farmer Health Model
    • AgriBusiness Factors Impacting Mental Well Being
    • Agriculture Work Factors
    • Family Dynamics
    • Agrarian Culture and Values
    • Special Populations
    • US Agricultural Producer Demographics
    • Agricultural Community Healthcare Challenges
    • Opioids and Alcohol Issues in Agriculture
    • Suicide and Agriculture
    • Resources and referrals

    The on-demand content was developed in Articulate, an award-winning interactive virtual training product that meets the needs of e-learner’s professional development. FarmResponse will be housed in AgriSafe’s Learning Lab. The chapter format allows the learner to complete the course in chapter stages to meet the busy healthcare professionals’ time constraints.

    We have ensured that the learning format meets the standards for professional development with learning objectives and required post-test. 

    Continuing education is available for multiple disciplines, click here for more information.

    CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR MULTIPLE DISCIPLINES

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    CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION

    The Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety offers 0.35 CEU or 3.5 contact hours of participation. This course is eligible for 3.5 CPH Recertification Credits and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, an approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. The following groups of professionals have been able to use these CEUs in the past; Industrial Hygiene (CIH), Certified Public Health Professional(CPH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Nursing (RN, LPN), Social Work (LSW), Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT), Audiology (ABA), and others. Please contact your accrediting agency regarding any questions about receiving credits.

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    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Minnesota Medical Association and AgriSafe Network. The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Minnesota Medical Association designates this enduring series for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Tara Haskins, DNP, RN

    Total Farmer Health Director, AgriSafe Network

    Tara Haskins is a registered nurse with 33 years of clinical experience. She holds a Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Forensics. For the last 12 years, she has been a nurse educator in psychiatric-mental health concepts. Tara has experience in crisis/suicide intervention and addiction treatment in both outpatient and inpatient settings. She is a 2018 AgriSafe Nurse Scholar graduate. As a National Rural Health Association Fellow, she collaborated on a policy paper on disaster preparedness and response in rural communities. Tara continues to advocate at a national level for rural health services and programming.

    Adam Kantrovich, Ph.D.

    Extension Specialist of Agribusiness, Clemson University Cooperative Extension, Director of Clemson University Extension Income Tax School, Asst. Director of the Clemson Extension Agribusiness Team

    Dr. Adam J. Kantrovich received his B.S. and M.S. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. Dr. Kantrovich has experience working in the commodity markets at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, with the USDA-APHIS, and has been in higher education for over 25 years. He currently is an Extension Specialist of Agribusiness, the Director of the Clemson University Extension Income Tax School, and Asst. Director of the Clemson Extension Agribusiness Team. Dr. Kantrovich specializes in Farm Management-related topic areas including Financial Analysis, Succession & Transition Planning, Tax Management, The Affordable Care Act, labor and ag policy-related issues, Farm Stress and Mental Health. 

    Kate Pigott, JD

    Program Coordinator, Michigan and Florida Agricultural Mediation Programs

    Kate Pigott is a trained mediator and licensed attorney in Michigan. She currently works with Michigan and Florida Agricultural Mediation Programs as their Program Coordinator. Previously, she worked for the Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan which began her passion for the mediation process. Since 2014, she has worked with farmers and the agricultural community by empowering them to find productive solutions that help everyone move forward. Her purpose is to create a safe space for others to resolve their differences.

    Shelbie Powell, MPH

    Outreach Education Coordinator for the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education

    Shelbie serves as the Outreach Education Coordinator for the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education in Tyler, TX where she creates and disseminates health and safety education for agriculture workers, fisherman, and logging/forestry workers in TX, OK, LA, AR, and NM. She received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. Her passion for mental health and losing a friend to suicide has led to obtain her Mental Health First Aid Trainer certificate. She uses this expertise to reduce stigma in her community and better serve the needs of ag workers and their families. Her family background in ag and previous experience working for a cattle ranch, has created a deep appreciation for farmers and ranchers. She hopes to own land and animals one day with her husband, Drew.

    Carolyn Oldham, Ph.D.

    Director of Continuing Education at the Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center

    Carolyn Oldham is the Director of Continuing Education at the Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center (CARERC), a NIOSH/CDC funded-university center housed within the College of Agriculture at the University of Kentucky. CARERC focuses on the advancement of occupational safety and health training programs through outreach, education and research. In her work with CARERC and its sister center, the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention (SCAHIP), she has worked with fellow researchers, health practitioners and agricultural community members across the state to develop, administer and facilitate the Agricultural Community QPR for Farmers and Farm Families train the trainer program. As of October 2021, the program had trained over 57 trainers and 720 agricultural community members in suicide prevention. This is one of many initiatives the Centers are working on with partners across both the state and southeast region to advance farmer mental health. Carolyn’s work in mental health is informed by not only research and practice but also her lived experiences as a survivor of suicide loss. Her twenty-year career in higher education and academe has focused on evaluation, assessment, accreditation, cultural responsiveness, community partnerships, and teaching.  She is a graduate of Knox College (BA), Northwestern University (MSEd) and University of Kentucky (PhD).

     

     

     

    Heidi Liss Radunovich, Ph.D

    Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida

    Dr. Heidi Liss Radunovich has been a faculty member in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida since 2002. Currently, she is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist. Her teaching, research, and Cooperative Extension activities are related to rural and farmer health and mental health, disaster stress, family stress, and military families. Prior to her current position she served as a faculty member at the National Rural Behavioral Health Center at University of Florida, where she focused on rural child and family mental health, school-based prevention and intervention, teen risk behaviors, and disaster stress. Dr. Radunovich completed her undergraduate degree at Washington University, majoring in Psychology and Spanish. Her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology were earned at the University of South Florida, where she specialized in child and family therapy. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Florida.

    Terasa Younker, MA

    Research Associate and Grant Coordinator in the Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences at the University of Florida

    Terasa Younker is a research associate and grant coordinator in the department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences at the University of Florida. She has an MA from Harvard University and is an instructor in mental health education for the National Alliance for Mental Illness. She has experience as an instructor for the SMART Couples grant, where she provided relationship education. Her current research focuses on mental health interventions in agricultural communities. She also has expertise related to Japanese studies, and has taught Japanese language classes.

     

    FarmResponse was developed with the generous support of the following sponsors:

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    "I feel I learned a lot in each chapter. This was a very thorough training - well done!"

    "This training was very easy to follow, very informative as well as actively engaging for the learner. I feel as if I have learned so much from this training program!"

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/17/2021

    Anhydrous ammonia (NH3) is an effective nitrogen crop fertilizer used throughout the Midwest and beyond. Anhydrous ammonia is potentially dangerous, as it seeks water from the nearest source, which may be the human body – especially the eyes, lungs, and skin because of their high moisture content. Few problems occur when anhydrous ammonia is handled properly and applied as intended. However, it is important for all individuals working with this type of fertilizer to understand the potential health risks, necessary safety precautions, and proper response in the event of an exposure.

    Summary: Anhydrous ammonia (NH3) is an effective nitrogen crop fertilizer used throughout the Midwest and beyond.  Anhydrous ammonia is potentially dangerous, as it seeks water from the nearest source, which may be the human body – especially the eyes, lungs, and skin because of their high moisture content.  Few problems occur when anhydrous ammonia is handled properly and applied as intended.  However, it is important for all individuals working with this type of fertilizer to understand the potential health risks, necessary safety precautions, and proper response in the event of an exposure.

    Personal protective equipment (PPE) is one of the last lines of defense for workers against Anhydrous Ammonia injuries. Women in all industries, including agriculture, have trouble finding and purchasing respiratory protective equipment that fits and is safe and comfortable wear. The National Safety Council, in a 2019 publication of Safety and Health, reported OSHA documentation indicating the lack of a full range of PPE, as well as, employers’ limited knowledge of PPE designed for women – as some of the reasons for the difficulty.  Focus of the training is on anhydrous ammonia safety during transport and application, including the anatomy of the nurse tank and toolbar, safety inspection processes, hitching and unhitching safety, personal protective equipment (PPE), rural roadway safety, and first aid/emergency procedures.  Hazard communication and emergency action plans will also be addressed.

    Intended Audience: Farm/Ranch owner and operators, health and safety professionals, safety officers or specialists, managers, supervisors, safety coordinators, health safety and environmental interns and any person or persons who serve as safety personnel in an agricultural setting.

    Objectives: At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to...

    • Identify the anatomy of a nurse tank and toolbar
    • Choose appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
    • Make use of a safety inspection process
    • Describe safety measures to follow during anhydrous transport and application
    • Apply rural roadway safety measures
    • Describe hitching and unhitching safety
    • Plan and utilize basic first aid/emergency procedures
    • Locate hazard communication plan and emergency action plan resources

    This material was produced under grant number SH-99084-SH0 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. 

    Dan Neenan, MBA, Paramedic

    NECAS Manager

    Dan joined NECAS staff in August 2002 as Director. Dan is a Paramedic Specialist, Firefighter II and EMS Instructor. He is a member of the Iowa Propane Board; Vice Chair of the Dubuque County Emergency Management Commission; and Treasurer, Dubuque County EMS. In his work at NECAS, Dan has developed several OSHA approved training programs as well as agricultural rescue programs. Safety programs include viticulture safety, enology safety, confined space-grain bin entry, prevention of grain storage fire and explosions, chemical safety, and confined space- manure pit safety. Rescue programs at NECAS include tractor rollover, combine auger rescue, grain bin rescue, and manure pit rescue. 

  • Contains 5 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/06/2021

    Summary: Pregnancy and fertility are often not considered when women assume farm tasks. Pesticide and other chemical exposures, zoonotic diseases and heavy lifting particularly during childbearing years, present challenges. Objectives: At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to: - Identify unique exposures/risks associated with farm tasks. - Identify at least four reproductive health and safety issues for women. - Locate three current evidenced based resources in the field of agricultural health - Develop Hazard Map of work exposures. - Select appropriate PPE for farm tasks to reduce or eliminate exposures and or risks. Intended Audience: Producers- This training is intended primarily for agricultural producers including but not limited to farmers, ranchers, and any person or persons involved in some combination of raising field crops, orchards, vineyards, poultry, or other livestock.

    Summary: Pregnancy and fertility are often not considered when women assume farm tasks. Pesticide and other chemical exposures, zoonotic diseases and heavy lifting particularly during childbearing years, present challenges.

    Objectives: At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
    - Identify unique exposures/risks associated with farm tasks.
    - Identify at least four reproductive health and safety issues for women.
    - Locate three current evidenced based resources in the field of agricultural health
    - Develop Hazard Map of work exposures.
    - Select appropriate PPE for farm tasks to reduce or eliminate exposures and or risks.

    Intended Audience: Producers- This training is intended primarily for agricultural producers including but not limited to farmers, ranchers, and any person or persons involved in some combination of raising field crops, orchards, vineyards, poultry, or other livestock.

    This material was produced under grant number SH-05068-SH8 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.

    Knesha Rose-Davison, MPH

    Public Health Program Director, AgriSafe Network

    Knesha currently serves as the Public Health Program Director with AgriSafe Network, a nonprofit organization that addresses occupational health issues within the agricultural community. With over twelve years of public health experience in maternal child health, health disparities, and health education. Knesha is passionate about serving vulnerable populations and ensuring health access and equity. Knesha obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences (2002) with a minor in Chemistry and a Master’s of Public Health (2006) with an emphasis in Health Promotion from Northern Illinois University. In June 2016, she obtained a certificate in Agricultural Medicine which focused on rural occupational health and environmental health and safety. Knesha is a member of the American Public Health Association and the Louisiana Public Health Association where she serves in leadership.