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Crisis. Epidemic. Tragedy. Opioid stories have been heavy in the headlines and have caught the attention of parents, policymakers, clinicians, first-responders, and so-on. Unlike some other epidemics, rural areas have been particularly affected by the rising rates of opioid prescriptions, and more specifically, opioid misuse.[1] There is urgency to address this public health issue that is impacting all demographics–families and communities across the country, and especially agricultural communities. To drive that last point home: overdose rates in rural America surpassed urban areas, with as many as 74% of farmers impacted by the crisis.[2] Recently, this epidemic has been well-documented. We are regularly reminded that there is a problem, but next steps have been less clear.

[1] “Opioid Misuse in Rural America | USDA.” n.d. Accessed July 10, 2018. https://www.usda.gov/topics/opioids.

[2] “Opioid Misuse in Rural America | USDA.” n.d. Accessed July 10, 2018. https://www.usda.gov/topics/opioids.

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Click the graphic above for details of the NGFA Conference July 25-26, 2018

Omaha, NE

ASHCA Hosted the 2018 North American Agricultural Safety Summit

ASHCA hosted the 2018 North American Ag Safety Summit in Scottsdale, AZ in February 2018. Over 125 attendees, sponsors, speakers, and other industry leaders from several countries participated.

Preliminary comments indicate attendees felt the program was very useful, practical, and action oriented. ASHCA Board will discuss future summit timing and venues at their upcoming April Board meeting.

Thank you to our 2018 Summit Sponsors!  

We appreciate your support!

 

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We believe in safe agricultural work environments that result in healthy lives and profitable farms.  If you want to influence and advocate for a culture of safety within agriculture, come join us!

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