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New grant helping to keep farm life safer for all

New grant helping to keep farm life safer for all
A $15,000 grant awarded to the Carle Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety service enables the team to reach out to influencers – specifically those who play a major role in keeping their families healthy and safe.

With Amy Rademaker, Rural Health & Farm Safety program coordinator at Carle Health, as the lead, a grant-funded project titled “A Mother’s Game Plan for Safety and Health” is now available. This seven-series collection of free webinars, along with as many as eight podcasts, began airing late last month.

The Emerging Issues grant was provided by the National Children’s Center for Rural Agricultural Health and Safety through funding received from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Rademaker’s team weaves a safety-first message into every webinar with the inclusion of guest experts from institutions and programs across the nation and explores topics designed to keep even the youngest farmhand or visitor safe. “We specifically focused on some of the higher-risk areas of ag safety and health and sought out experts in those areas. We asked the experts to share their knowledge of what is age-appropriate for kids to do and how things can be done more safely,” Rademaker shares.

All webinars are live, begin at noon Central Standard Time, and will last about an hour. Recordings of the webinars will be available at a later date on the Carle Health YouTube channel. Anyone interested in learning these valuable safety skills is encouraged to join.

Webinar Schedule:
Jan. 26 – ATVs and UTVs
Feb. 13 – Grain handling
Feb. 27 – Technology Advancements in Ag
Mar. 7 – Overall Health of Youth in Ag
Mar. 20 – Tractor Operations
April 10 – Working with Livestock
April 24 – Mental Health
Individuals registering to attend three or more webinars will receive a free personal protective gear kit to protect from workplace hazards and illnesses on the farm.

“This series is designed to create a place for women in agriculture to understand the risks, needed protection and supervision for tasks performed by youth on farms,” Rademaker says. “Though we are especially reaching out to the women influencers in the family -- mothers and grandmothers – the information being shared is useful for everyone and we encourage all adult family members interested in the topics to register online.”

The grant utilizes topics identified by the US Child Agricultural Safety and Health Think Tank and directly ties into the Agricultural Youth Work Guidelines (AYWG). Partners include: AgriSafe Network, University of Illinois, Utah State University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center, University of Nebraska Medical Center, National Farm Medicine Center and the Progressive Ag Foundation.

For more than 30 years Carle Health has offered Rural Health and Farm Safety (RHFS) as part of its community health commitment. Programming works to promote agricultural health and safety to those living in rural communities and helps prepare first responders and emergency medicine providers to respond quickly and effectively to farming incidents and injuries. Its focus is on community outreach and education through programs such as Progressive Ag Safety Days®, school assemblies, farm family emergency response classes for the public and mental health training.

To register for a webinar or learn more, call (217) 902-3117 or visit

Categories: Community

Tags: Agriculture, Farm Safety, Rural Health