CALS/UW-Extension team honored for Farm Tech Days farm worker safety display

Agriculture ranks as one of the most dangerous industries nationally, so when University of Wisconsin educators have the opportunity to reach thousands of farmers and farm workers at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days they take it.

The “Farm to Field Take Safety Along” exhibit which identified farm hazards and provided ways to improve worker safety received the 2013 Donald R. Peterson Technology Transfer Award. Individuals recognized for their efforts with this display were Cheryl Skjolaas, Jeff Nelson and Jenna Sanford, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension Center for Agricultural Safety and Health; Richard Straub, UW-Madison Biological Systems Engineering and Brian Holmes, UW-Madison Biological Systems Engineering/UW-Extension; Jerry Clark, UW-Extension Chippewa County and Mary Bauer, Eau Claire Area Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The award was presented at the annual Wisconsin Farm Technology Days Board of Directors meeting in April 2014.

The farm safety exhibit drew many people to the display and provided opportunities to learn about implements of husbandry and public road safety; risks of tractor overturns and use of rollover protective structures (ROPS); horizontal silo management and safety with a new video released at show; and grain safety.

“We know there are risks associated with farming,” said John Shutske, chair, Wisconsin Farm Technology Days Board. “This display shows farmers how to take precautions to prevent farm related injuries and fatalities.

The Donald R. Peterson Wisconsin Farm Technology (Progress) Days Technology Transfer Award was established in honor of Don Peterson, UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) emeritus Professor and Associate Dean. Peterson was long-time General Manager of Wisconsin Farm Progress Days.

The award recognizes outstanding educational effectiveness and impact via an interactive exhibit and activities at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. To receive this award, groups must successfully engage audiences around topics such as: effectively using new management tools, processes, or concepts; incorporating new technologies into a modern farm operation; or issues that challenge contemporary agriculture and our natural resource base.

The Award memorializes Peterson’s diligent efforts to encourage CALS faculty and staff to convey the fruits of College research and knowledge to the public through Wisconsin Farm Technology Days.

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