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Child Agricultural Injury Prevention Workshops Set
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 07/12/2019

About every three days, a child dies in an agriculture-related incident, and another 33 children are injured daily. Learn how to help protect the future of agriculture by attending the Child Agricultural Injury Prevention Workshop, Sept. 17-18, in Hershey, Pa.

The interactive workshop will take place in the middle of National Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 15-21, and is the final workshop in a series of four. Previous workshops were held in Wisconsin and Iowa, and the third workshop will be in Lexington, Ky., on Aug. 6-7.

The interactive workshop is designed for those who work in the agricultural industry and want to improve their knowledge and dissemination of child agricultural injury prevention strategies. It is ideal for farm organizations, insurance professionals, agribusiness, bankers and lenders, healthcare providers, Extension, FFA Advisors, public health officials and media.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

- Understand the leading causes of injuries to children who are either working or playing on farms;

- Describe interventions most likely to be effective in preventing childhood farm injuries; and

- Identify their (and their organization's) unique role in helping farm children grow up happy and healthy.

"I can't think of a better way to observe National Farm Safety and Health Week," said Linda Fetzer, Extension Associate with the Penn State University Agricultural Safety and Health Program. "We'll coach participants on how to work with farmers and farm supervisors to protect children who live, work and play on farms and ranches."

The workshop will be held at Hershey Lodge, a full-service resort in central Pennsylvania, just 90 minutes from Philadelphia and two hours from Washington, D.C. Area attractions include Hershey's Chocolate World, historic Gettysburg, and Lancaster County, known for its Amish culture.

The early bird deadline is Aug. 16 ($199 registration fee; $249 after Aug. 16). Scholarships are available to assist with the cost. More information, including the registration link, is available at

The National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, a program of the National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, is co-hosting the workshop with Penn State Extension and the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, part of Bassett Healthcare Network.

Westfield Insurance, John Deere and the National Farm Medicine Center are co-sponsoring the workshop.

For more workshop information, email or call 1-800-662-6900. The National Children's Center and the Northeast Center are funded in part by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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