Farm safety, health, and wellness programs and resources, while always important, have been gaining more attention in Virginia and nationwide. The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition has been working to increase awareness and the availability of resources addressing these topics. Below is a list of resources addressing various farm safety, health, and wellness concerns.
If you are interested in joining the team of farmers, university employees, educators, and service providers working to address farm safety, health, and wellness in Virginia, you can email Allyssa Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org to become part of the team.
Farm Safety, Health, and Wellness Resources
The vision of AgrAbility is to enhance quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities, so that they, their families, and their communities continue to succeed in rural America. For this target audience, "success" may be defined by many parameters, including: gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation; access to appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities; evidence-based information related to the treatment and rehabilitation of disabling conditions; and targeted support for family caregivers of AgrAbility customers. A notable publication from AgrAbility Virginia is the "Basics of On-Farm Safety" publication
Virginia Tech Environmental Health and Safety
Virginia Cooperative Extension
- General Farm Health & Safety
- The Basics of On-Farm Safety: An Introductory Guide by the AgrAbility Virginia Program
- On-Farm Food Safety
- Machinery Safety on the Farm
- Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule: Agricultural Water
- Respiratory Protection in Agriculture
- Tractor Safety: Lawn Care Training Guide, Safe Use of Tractors
- Hand Tools Safety: Lawn Care Training Guide Hand Tool Care and Safe Use
- Guidelines for Protecting Youth Workers: Promote Safe Practices and Protect Youth Workers
- Utility Type Vehicles: UTV Maintenance and Safe Use Lawn Care Training Guide
- Guide to Identifying Food Safety Hazards in Greenhouse Systems
The Ag Nurse on Facebook often shares information about resources and events relevant to farm safety, health, and wellness
North Dakota State University Resources
- Farm Machinery Safety
- Farm and Ranch Stress - While not a Virginia-specific resources, this page connects many resources available on how to manage farm/family stress
The University of Minnesota has a variety of resources addressing stress and change. Of note is the "Dealing with Stress" web-based educational series.
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. QPR can be learned in this Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour.
Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.
Funding for the farm safety, health, and wellness work was sponsored by the Southern Risk Management Education Center Grant.
The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition is a state-wide and coalition-based Extension program, housed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education. Funding was sponsored by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Award #2017-70011-26861, and the Southern Risk Management Education Center Grant #545015. For more information about the program or funding, contact Kim Niewolny, Program Director and Extension Specialist, at email@example.com or 540-231-5784.
For website updates, such as broken links, please contact Allyssa Mark, Program Associate.