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GROWING CONCERN: Protecting children needs to be a priority; a youth dies in an ag-related accident about every three days in the U.S.

Keeping kids safe on the farm

National injury prevention workshop makes first stop in Iowa in June.

A national workshop dedicated to childhood agricultural safety is June 23-24 in the ag and insurance hub of Des Moines, Iowa. The Child Agricultural Injury Prevention Workshop is designed for those in the agriculture industry who want to establish and enhance child injury prevention strategies for their organizations.  

The fee is $249. Scholarships are available. More information, including the registration link, is available at the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute.

Co-hosts include the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health at the University of Iowa, and the Central States Center for Ag Safety and Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, along with the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety. Sponsors include John Deere, Westfield Insurance and the National Farm Medicine Center. 

Protecting children on farms 

“We’ll coach workshop participants on how to work with farmers and farm supervisors to protect children who live, work and play on farms and ranches,” says Ellen Duysen, Central States Center coordinator.  

The workshop is expected to draw participants from producer groups, insurance, FFA, health care, Extension, agribusiness, public health and media. “All these professions have a role to play in protecting kids on farms,” says Stephanie Leonard, an occupational safety manager at the University of Iowa. Leonard will give a presentation on partnering with media. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • understand leading causes of injuries to children working or playing on farms  
  • describe interventions most effective in preventing childhood farm injuries 
  • identify their organization’s unique role in helping farm children grow up healthy

“Protecting our children needs to be a priority,” Duysen says. “A youth dies in an agricultural incident about every three days in the United States.”   

The workshop will be co-located with the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health annual conference June 24-27. Those who register for both the workshop and the ISASH Conference will save $50 on the combined registration fees. Both events will be at the Embassy Suites in downtown Des Moines. 

Additional Child Agricultural Injury Prevention Workshops are scheduled for Lexington, Ky., Aug. 6-7; and Hershey, Pa., Sept. 17-18. All workshops are national in scope but feature issues of interest to the respective regions.  

For more workshop information, email or call 800-662-6900. The National Children’s Center is funded in part by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. 

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