Rural Agricultural Health and Safety Models and Innovations
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 June 2018
- 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 3,000 farmers continue to farm, resume farming, or find an alternative agricultural occupation.
Updated/reviewed April 2018
- 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.
Added February 2018
- Need: Improved health and safety for Vermont farmers, farm workers, and their families.
- Intervention: The Vermont Farm Health & Safety Coalition educates farmers and medical providers on risks, safety measures, and treatment for farm injuries.
- Results: Occupational safety trainings, educational events, and projects specific to migrant farmers, maternal education, and lung health have improved farm safety awareness in rural Vermont and surrounding states.
Updated/reviewed November 2017
- 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 a local tractor pull.
- Results: More than 10,000 pairs of earplugs have been distributed, and attendees have been receptive to the hearing conservation education provided by the audiology team.
Updated/reviewed July 2017
- Need: In 2014, the Avera St. Benedict Health Center's emergency department experienced a drastic increase in the amount of Hutterite patients with farm-related injuries.
- Intervention: The South Dakota Critical Access Hospital created a program to educate Hutterite communities on farm hazards and safe work practices.
- Results: Since the program began in 2015, the Avera St. Benedict emergency department has had no life-threatening agricultural injury admissions from the Hutterite communities. Attendees have said their confidence in their ability to identify hazards has increased, and more of them are using safety equipment on a regular basis.
Updated/reviewed June 2016
- Need: Better care coordination among healthcare facilities and community-based services in order to achieve cost savings and higher quality healthcare for the patients.
- Intervention: The development of an Accountable Care Organization.
- Results: Quality performance metrics have continued to improve each year and cost savings have been achieved.
Last Updated: 6/11/2018