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Sunday, August 18, 2019

About AgInjuryNews.org

The AgInjuryNews.org database is both a repository of injury reports and valuable information source for agricultural injuries, fatalities, and agricultural injury prevention methods. This system allows users to: 1) monitor trends in types of agricultural injuries, 2) identify new injury agents and emerging issues in agriculture, 3) provide safety messages for media reports in anticipation of trends, and 4) raise awareness and knowledge of agricultural injuries and prevention strategies for adults and children.

*There is no official data set agricultural injuries and fatalities, however news reports can be helpful in understanding the scope of the problem.

National Farm Medicine Center

The National Farm Medicine Center (NFMC) was established in 1981 in response to occupational health problems seen in farm patients coming to Marshfield Clinic. The center continues to focus its research and outreach on rural populations. Current safety and health priorities include children, agritourism, young farmers and ranchers, and injury surveillance. Farm Center scientists and staff address these issues with special expertise in injury prevention, public health, bioinformatics, nursing, anthropology, education and communications. Since 1997, the NFMC has been home to the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety (NCCRAHS). Visit site

Funding

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health & Safety, a cooperative agreement award for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Funding support was also provided through a safety grant from the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA), through the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UW ICTR), and through donors and friends of the National Farm Medicine Center, part of the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute.

National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety

The National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety (NCCRAHS) is one of 11 centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the only center that is both national and focused solely on children. The mission of NCCRAHS is to enhance the health and safety of all children exposed to hazards associated with agricultural work and rural environments. Visit site

Getting Involved

If you would like to get involved with the AgInjuryNews.org project or any of NFMC’s research, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Core Team

Bryan Weichelt PhD, MBA, Associate Research Scientist, NFMC
Emily Redmond Research Coordinator & Data Specialist, NFMC
Serap Gorucu PhD, Penn State University

Internal Advisors

Barbara C. Lee PhD, RN, Senior Research Scientist, NCCRAHS Director
Casper G Bendixsen PhD, Research Scientist, NFMC Director
Marsha Salzwedel MS, Youth Agricultural Safety Specialist
Scott Heiberger MS, Health Communications Manager

Development and Support Team

Adeel Aslam Solutions Architect
John Begotka Business Analyst
Richard Duerr Programmer/Analyst
Julia Edbrooke User Experience Designer
Evan Ellis Programmer/Analyst
Nic Johnson Programmer/Analyst
Jenna Kautza User Experience Designer
Mike Klein Programmer/Analyst
Alex Nelson Programmer/Analyst
Matt Podborny Programmer/Analyst
Jesse Richardson Applications Analyst
Murphy Stevens Programmer/Analyst
Steve Tingum Programmer/Analyst
Joe Vechinski Development Manager
Matt Pilz Programmer/Analyst

National Steering Committee

Amanda Wickman MBA
Bill Kriese
Brandi Janssen PhD
Erika Scott PhD
Frank Gasperini
Glen Blahey
Jana Davidson
Kang Namkoong PhD
Lisa Lundy PhD
Marcy Harrington
Risto Rautiainen PhD
Tomi Heimonen PhD
Vanessa Galvan
Christopher Pelletier

Special Acknowledgements

Serap Gorucu PhD
Stephen Oesch
Harold Ye PhD
Mark Purschwitz PhD
William Field PhD
Murray Madsen
Kelsi Musil