Webinar: This is Your Brain on Stress

Webinar: This is Your Brain on Stress
Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm CST
Cost: free and open to the public


The downturn in the agricultural economy continues to create stress for farm families, workers, and ag professionals who provide products, services and information in rural communities. This session will present basic information on the stress response and how short-term, acute stress evolves toward longer-term, chronic stress. Brain science research is reviewed, providing a strong basis for necessary and impactful ways to help people “manage” stress, reduce health impacts, and increase abilities to make sound, thoughtful business and family decisions.


By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1. Review and explain the “brain science” connected to how people experience acute stress.

2. Describe how acute stress evolves toward chronic stress and three specific outcomes of chronic stress exposure.

3. Explain three specific stress coping mechanisms that positively change our brains and bodies, alleviating stress effects including those which can be recommended or facilitated by agricultural professionals and service providers.

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John Shutske is a Professor and Extension Specialist in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Biological Systems Engineering Department. He spent eight years in College of Agriculture and Extension Administration as an Associate Dean. John returned to a faculty role in July of 2016. His research work will continue to focus on efforts to apply, design, and evaluate new strategies and technologies that impact negative health outcomes for people who live and work on farms while simultaneously pursuing enhanced profitability. John also has an affiliate appointment in the UW’s Family Medicine Department in the School of Medicine and Public Health. This relationship includes working with health professionals, Extension colleagues, and agricultural services providers to reduce the burden of occupational illness and injury in farming.

Before moving to Wisconsin in 2008, John was a Professor and Extension Specialist at the University of Minnesota in the Biosystems Engineering Department where he also held an affiliate appointment in Environmental Health Sciences in the UMN School of Public Health. John’s research, teaching and Extension work focused on engineering and human factors approaches to solving complex occupational safety and health problems as well as agricultural and food system homeland security issues from 2001-2008.


Integration of Behavioral Health Within Agricultural Health Care

Integration of Behavioral Health Within Agricultural Health Care
Date:Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm CDT
Cost: $30.00 (free to AgriSafe members with coupon)

Twenty percent of any population has mental health complications, including farmers and ranchers. Stigma and privacy concerns associated with mental health issues may mean that many people may not seek out available mental health services.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

1. Identify a minimum of three common stressors prevalent among agricultural producers

2. Describe at least four signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety

3. Describe population based and individual based behavioral health interventions

4. Locate professionals and current resources in the field of agricultural behavioral health

Charlotte Halverson, BSN, COHN-S, COHC
Occupational Health Nurse, AgriSafe Network

Charlotte Halverson serves as a certified occupational health nurse for AgriSafe. Prior to this role, she worked for several years in a hospital acute care settings and community education. During those years, Charlotte developed and managed a Rural Outreach Health service and a Parish Health Ministry department serving nine counties in northeast Iowa. She is a “charter graduate” of the University of IA agricultural occupational medicine course, is certified in occupational hearing conservation and completed the NIOSH Spirometry training.

As a member of the AgriSafe staff, Charlotte works to research and develop webinar presentation information and resource materials that are accessible through onsite programs and on our AgriSafe web page.

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ASHCA Invites Ag Safety Innovators to Apply for Grants

The Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA) will make available safety grants for 2017. These grants, generally $10,000 or less, are intended to encourage ag safety interventions at the local and regional level which promise potential for widespread adoption and use across the agriculture industry.

We are excited to announce our fourth year of safety grants,” said ASHCA Chair Leon Graves, who represents the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery.

ASHCA, a not-for-profit coalition of agribusinesses, producer organizations and safety professionals, has set a letter of intent deadline of December 15, 2016. The letter of intent form is available at Information regarding eligibility, priorities, application instructions and frequently asked questions is available at

“An ideal grant proposal is one that comes from a small company or organization wanting to provide hands-on safety training to ag workers using an evidence-based safety program,” Graves said. “The applicant should show a matched contribution from other sponsors and/or in-kind support from safety consultants or trainers.” Applicants will also agree to allow ASHCA to freely share the innovations developed with the agriculture community going forward.

Priority will be given to:

• Programs that encourage building a broad culture of safety in agricultural enterprises by engaging both management and workers in the planning and implementation of successful injury reduction programs.

• “Hands-on” training initiatives that will increase workers’ adoption of proven safety practices and be sustained beyond the grant period.

• Programs that facilitate and encourage widespread sharing of agricultural safety and health initiatives and whose product can be widely communicated, shared, and implemented.

• Programs that encourage continuing professional education and development, as well as encouraging next-generations to participate in agricultural safety and health careers.

• Initiatives that reach everyone, at every job level and role, in the agricultural workforce.
Previous grants have addressed onsite safety training, development of a mobile app, personal protective equipment, safe play zones for farmworker children and other topics.

Individuals, organizations and businesses can support ASHCA’s Safety Grants program with financial contributions and/or “in-kind” support.

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