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As part of the Marshfield Clinic system the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety is a unique NIOSH funded center which provides a variety of resources and services relating to children and adolescents in rural communities and agricultural settings.

According to the center's website, the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety serves as a resource which:

• provides guidance for childhood injury prevention programs in both private and public sectors
• guides and supports efforts of major agricultural-related organizations in identifying potential interventions to protect children from agricultural hazards
• convenes consensus development sessions to address complex or controversial issues in childhood injury prevention
• provides technical assistance and training to professionals on youth safety issues
• collaborates with major agricultural organizations, health and safety professionals and youth-serving groups
• enhances communication linkages among child safety advocates in public and private sectors

Through its efforts the center has worked on a wide range of initiatives which include safe play areas on farms, injury prevention for children and adolescents in agricultural settings, agrotourism, and safety issues associated with adolescent farm workers. The center's efforts include research, education, intervention, prevention, translation and outreach to enhance the health and safety of children exposed to hazards associated with agricultural work and rural environments.

For more information on NCCRAHS or to view their publications, you can access their website at:

National Farm Safety and Health Week: September 16-22, 2012

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National Farm Safety and Health week is September 16-22, 2012. This year's theme is 'Agricultural Safety and Health--A Family Affair'.

While farming has changed significantly since National Farm Safety and Health week was first promoted in 1944 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, one thing has remained constant, for many communities farming remains a family tradition. In many farming families this is a multigenerational effort which includes children, adults and even senior citizens working hard to cultivate the food that provides nourishment to our nation and the world. This unique working dynamic provides farmers, policy makers and safety officials with the great challenge of promoting practices which ensure the safety of all individuals involved in the farming industry.

This week UMASH joins President Obama in recognizing these hard working families and we continue to look for ways in which we can promote safe and healthy working environments on all farms. Please link to the 2012 Presidential Proclamation at