Grants available for agriculture safety training

farm safety grantsContact: Cheryl Skjolaas, 608-265-0568, skjolaas@wisc.edu

The University of Wisconsin Center for Agricultural Safety and Health announced the availability of $19,200 to award grants for farm safety and education, training, or informational programs. Grants will be awarded for amounts up to $500 per county with groups securing or providing equal matching funds.

“In 2012 there were 22 farm-related fatalities according to the definition used by the UW Center for Agricultural Safety and Health,” said Cheryl Skjolaas, UW-Extension agricultural safety and health specialist. “Programs receiving county farm safety grants provide a focus on the farm safety and health issues for youth and adults. These community-based efforts target local needs and interests and work towards reducing the number of farm-related fatalities.”

The grants will help counties sponsor programs focusing on farm safety and health prevention efforts. Priority will continue for use with Wisconsin Safe Operation of Tractor and Machinery Certification Programs. Funds may also be used for programs such as:

  • occupational safety and health training for employees or farm family members;
  • hazard inspections trainings for farm operators and employees;
  • emergency personnel training for farm accident rescue;
  • farm safety day camps or school programs for youth; and
  • public policy forum on agricultural safety and health.

The programs are to be developed in consultation with county extension personnel, agricultural education instructors, public health personnel, or other person with expertise or interest in farm safety topics

Proposals are due by Feb. 21, 2014.  Application guidelines are available at http://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/agsafety/county-grants/. The grants will be awarded in March 2014; activities and final reports must be completed by December 31, 2014.

For more information about the grants, contact Cheryl Skjolaas at 608-265-0568 or via email at skjolaas@wisc.edu.

To find out more about farm safety programs in your community contact your county UW-Extension agriculture agent.

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