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AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY SAFETY LEADER HONORED
Jess McCluer, National Grain and Feed Association & ASHCA Board Chair, named 2021 ‘Leader in the field’ by Journal of Agromedicine

Jess McCluer, who instills agricultural safety and health across the industry by leveraging his unique blend of analytical skills, creativity and relationship management, is the Journal of Agromedicine “Leader in the Field” 2021.

McCluer is Vice President, Safety and Regulatory Affairs, for the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA). Since March 2019, McCluer has also served as Board Chair of the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA), a coalition of agricultural business leaders, producer associations, risk managers and others joining together with safety associations, federal and state agencies, educational institutions and safety professionals.

McCluer’s leadership has been especially crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Agriculture was already one of our most hazardous industries, and none of the pre-pandemic hazards have gone away,” McCluer said. “It’s more important than ever to work together on the non-competitive issue of agricultural safety and health. We’re seeing examples of how cooperation can bring better, faster solutions to challenges that producers and agribusinesses are experiencing.”

The Journal of Agromedicine, edited by the National Farm Medicine Center, announces its Leader in the Field in the first issue of each volume. The recognition goes to an individual who has made significant contributions in agricultural safety and health practice, policy, and research.


ASHCA seeks nominees for safety awards

Ten categories include individuals, organizations, agribusiness — deadline January 6!

Do you know a person or organization who is a leader in agricultural safety, either through training, collaboration, promotion, education or research? The Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA) seeks nominations for 10 categories of safety awards to be presented March 22-24, 2021, during the virtual North American Agricultural Safety Summit.

Click here for full details and nomination form.

ASHCA Call for abstracts!

North American Agricultural Safety Summit 2021 seeks pandemic ‘lessons learned,’ other topics related to safeguarding agricultural workers.

Abstract submissions are due January 15, 2021.

Share your research and evidence-based safety and health practices by submitting an abstract to the North American Agricultural Safety Summit: “Raising Safety 2021,” to be held online March 22-24.

Although all agriculture-related topics are welcome, the Summit agenda will put special emphasis on lessons learned while safeguarding agricultural workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summit host Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA) will review and select abstracts for poster presentations and lightning talks. Goals for the abstracts:

  • Spark conversation and collaboration among researchers, educators, risk managers and agriculture industry leaders.
  • Share information on best practices for various work settings and exposures, with application for wide-scale industry adoption in a virtual setting.
  • Challenge attendees to identify agricultural safety and health topics warranting further research (or program evaluation) based upon needs identified by farm organizations, producers, employers, farm workers and industry representatives.

Click here for full details and online submission form.