Partnering with Rural and Farm Communities to Promote Safety & Health

The Agricultural Safety & Health Program is led by John Shutske, Extension Specialist and Professor in Biological Systems Engineering at UW-Madison.  This website highlights key Extension activities and recent research on farm injury, occupational health, stress, and human factors. Much of the work in this area has focused in recent months on the safety, risk, and societal issues around new technologies and farm automation.

You are also encouraged to check out more safety and health resources in the Division of Extension’s Farm Management topic hub. There you will find additional articles and information about legacy programs such as Tractor and Machinery Safety certification.

ASH Program Projects, Activities, and Partner Organizations

FarmWell Wisconsin

FarmWell Wisconsin builds connections in rural communities. Includes partnership creation to connect existing community resources, and efforts to engage health providers on farm stress, health, and mental health of farmers, farmworkers, and their families.

Youth Tractor & Machinery Certification

The WI Certification Program meets US Department of Labor requirements for employment of youth on farms ages 14-15. Learn about the latest program offerings the Extension and local partners including vo-ag programs and technical colleges.


Resilient Farms & Families

Extension resource center for farmers, families, and businesses on resilience, stress, and financial and other business planning tools and education to create a road-map for a successful and sustainable farm financial future.


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AgrAbility of Wisconsin

AgrAbility of Wisconsin promotes success in agriculture for farmers and their families living with a farm injury, disability, or limitation. AgrAbility of Wisconsin is a partnership between the UW-Madison and Easter Seals Wisconsin.



Extension Farm Management Safety & Health

Resource and information collection from the Farm Management topic hub of UW-Madison’s Division of Extension. This includes topics on employee safety, health, and developing a safety culture.


National Farm Medicine Center - Wikipedia

National Farm Medicine Center

NFMS is in Marshfield, Wisconsin and has been a partner of this program since 1991. The Marshfield Clinic Research Institute is also the host of the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, another key partner.