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:
Successful Farming Magazine
1716 Locust Street/LS257
Des Moines, IA 50309-3023
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.