Partnering with Ag and Rural Communities to Promote Safety & Health

The Agricultural Safety & Health (ASH) Program is led by John Shutske, Professor in Biological Systems Engineering in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). If you are here to learn about tractor certification, that program is now led by the Division of Extension which has also assumed leadership of the state-mandated Center for ASH.

Here, you’ll find information on current agricultural health and farm safety issues. This includes research and educational information on farm injury, occupational health, stress, human factors, and other content organized around unique hazards in production ag. You will also learn about research projects on primary workplace safety and health concerns that impact farmers, family members, and hired farmworkers.

Projects, Activities, and Partnerships

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.


Man on lift going up to tractor seat with dog.

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.