These stories feature model programs and successful rural projects that can serve
as a source of ideas and provide lessons others have learned. Some of the projects
or programs may no longer be active. Read about the
criteria and evidence-base for programs included.
Updated/reviewed August 2022
- Need: To encourage farmers to make health and safety changes on their farms.
- Intervention: Farm Dinner Theater is an event in which farmers and their families watch three 10-minute plays covering health and safety topics and then discuss solutions to the issues addressed in each.
- Results: In a study, farmers who attended the plays were more likely to make changes and tell others what they learned, compared to farmers who received an educational packet with the same information.
Updated/reviewed November 2023
- Need: Farmers are highly susceptible to permanent hearing loss due to prolonged exposure to loud machinery and livestock.
- Intervention: Faculty and students from the audiology department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison supplied earplugs, free hearing testing, and hearing loss prevention education to attendees and participants at an annual tractor pull event.
- Results: Between 2014 and 2019, the audiology team distributed more than 16,000 pairs of earplugs; attendees were receptive to the hearing loss prevention education provided by the team.
Other Project Examples
Updated/reviewed February 2024
- Need: To reduce farm injuries and improve EMS and fire/rescue's response to these injuries in rural Louisiana and Mississippi.
- Intervention: AGRIMEDIC is a two-day training for first responders.
- Results: 810 first responders have received training.
Added October 2023
- Need: To reduce injuries in agricultural communities and improve emergency responders' preparedness when called to farms and ranches.
- Intervention: RF-DASH equips rural fire/EMS personnel and others with agricultural health and safety knowledge and tools to pre-plan for agricultural emergencies as well as assess and then mitigate agricultural hazards.
- Results: Over 80 firefighters and EMTs have received training to become RF-DASH trainers.
Updated/reviewed February 2023
- Need: To help farmers with disabilities continue farming while protecting their well-being.
- Intervention: The FARM program helps disabled or ill farmers continue to operate and work their Wisconsin farms.
- Results: Since 2009, the FARM Program has helped over 3,500 farmers continue to farm, resume farming, or find an alternative agricultural occupation.
Updated/reviewed May 2020
- Need: Agricultural producers and Pennsylvania's diverse farmworker population needed guidance on complying with Environmental Protection Agency regulations on the safe use of pesticides used in agricultural production.
- Intervention: An outreach education program providing compliance and technical assistance for growers was developed which included culturally appropriate training materials targeted to workers.
- Results: Pesticide use training and other farm safety information is now readily available to Pennsylvania's farmers and farmworkers.