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Farm Medicine, Rural Health & Safety

National Farm Medicine Center

Established in 1981 in response to occupational health problems seen in farm patients coming to Marshfield Clinic, the National Farm Medicine Center has focused on evolving issues in agricultural health and safety encompassing behavioral, laboratory and clinical research. Since 1997, the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety within the National Farm Medicine Center has been one of eight Centers for Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education and Prevention funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Dairy worker safety trainer joins Farm Center. The National Farm Medicine Center has hired Yurany Ninco Sanchez to conduct OSHA-approved health and safety training for Hispanic dairy workers on Wisconsin farms.

NFMC director selected to work on President's Malaria Initiative. The President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) is credited with dramatic reductions in child mortality in Africa. Now the PMI is asking Dr. Matt Keifer, director of the National Farm Medicine Center, to design a program that will protect its pesticide applicators from over-exposure to the chemicals they spray. Their work is vital. About 3.3 billion people – half of the world's population – are at risk of malaria.

Agricultural safety featured on NEW YouTube channel

Farm Mapping to Assist, Protect and Prepare Emergency Responders (Farm MAPPER) is a interactive web tool that provides emergency responders with onsite information about hazards and physical layouts of agricultural operations. Using QR (quick response) codes to connect responders to a securitized website where farm owners have mapped crucial information, emergency responders are provided with real time information to assist their response and protect them in the process. The National Farm Medicine Center had teamed up with the Pittsville Wisconsin Fire Department to develop and test the system by first responders. See Farm MAPPER for more information.


Seguridad en las Lecherias: Immigrant Dairy Worker Health and Safety National Farm Medicine Center offers FREE, on-the-farm, safety and health training for your workers in Spanish and in English. This five hour, interactive training is facilitated by bilingual trainers and will help your farm comply with OSHA regulations. Contact Iris Reyes at 715-387-5923 or reyes.iris@marshfieldclinic.org to schedule a training on your farm at a time convenient for you and your workers.

Winter 2013-14 Cultivate newsletter published

2014 Childhood Agricultural Injuries fact sheet released

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