Operation FarmSafe Grants

Have you ever heard of a Certified Safe Farm (CSF)?

The Certified Safe Farm (CSF) program began in 1998 at the University of Iowa Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) as a research program in collaboration with the AgriSafe Network. The program reduces the number of injuries and illnesses in agriculture by offering:

  • An occupational health screening
  • On-farm safety review with standards
  • Personalized and group education
  • Incentives such as cash, insurance discounts, or agribusiness discounts

Outside of Iowa, farmers can contact their local AgriSafe provider. If there isn’t an AgriSafe provider near by a doctor, nurse, EMT, or other medical professional can attend a training to become an AgriSafe provider and conduct the reviews.

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Nationwide Agribusiness has teamed up with Agriculture.com and Successful Farming to create Operation FarmSafe. The project will award four Certified Safe Farm reviews and offer $2,500 toward making safety improvements on the winner’s farms.

To apply, submit a one page application by May 31 including:

1. A brief description of your operation and family members working with you.
2. An explanation of how you and your family would benefit from a CSF review and grant to make safety improvements.

Send applications to:

Operation FarmSafe
Successful Farming Magazine
1716 Locust Street/LS257
Des Moines, IA 50309-3023
agriculture.com/OperationFarmSafe

Four farmers will be selected in June to have their Certified Safe Farm review conducted in July or August. Following the review, they will schedule any necessary repairs to be completed before harvest.

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About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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