Past Events

Nationwide Grain Bin Safety Week: Feb 20-26, 2022

Western Farm Show: Feb 25-27, 2022

Canadian Agricultural Safety Week: March 13-19, 2022

North American Farm & Power Show: March 17-19, 2022

National Ag Week: March 20-26, 2022

Agricultural Safety Health Council of America (ASHCA) Ag Safety Summit: March 28-30, 2022

Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health (MRASH) Conference
Nov 9-10, 2021

Women, Food, & Agriculture Network Annual Conference
Nov 3-6

94th Annual National FFA Convention & Expo
Oct 27-30

American Public Health Association Meeting and Expo
October 24-27

Farm Progress Show
Aug 31-Sept 2

Husker Harvest Days 
Sept 14-16

Child Ag Safety and Health Workshop
Sept 14, 21, & 28, 2021
12 PM – 4 PM CST

National Farm Safety and Health Week
Sept 19-25, 2021

Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition’s 7th Annual Symposium: It’s all about the Fall
Sept 20-24

Minnesota FarmFest 2021
Aug 3-5, 2021

Agricultural Safety and Health: The Core Course
June 14-18, 2021

ASABE 2021 Annual International Meeting, Virtual and On-Demand
July 11-14, 2021

SAVIR 2021 Virtual Annual Conference
April 5-9, 2021

American Public Health Association Meeting and Expo – Virtual Event
November 6-7, 2020

Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference 
November 17-18, 2020

National Rural Health Day
November 19, 2020

National Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting and Conference – Virtual Event
September 28 -October 1, 2020

National Farm Safety and Health Week
September 20-26, 2020

Husker Harvest Days – Virtual Event (Farm Progress Virtual Experience)
September 15-17, 2020

The Core Course: Agricultural Safety and Health
June 8-12, 2020  
Virtual Course

Human Health: Pathogens and Contaminants in Livestock Systems
May 15, 2020  1:30 – 2:30 PM CST (click here to view webinar)
Webinar: Livestock and Poultry Education and Learning Community 

The International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) 2020 Annual Conference
Asheville, North Carolina

Stress on the Farm: Strategies to Help Each Other part of Farm Bill: ARC/PLC & Farm Financial Decisions Meetings
Various dates throughout November
Various locations throughout IA

2019 Iowa Rural Health Association/Midwest Rural and Agricultural Safety and Health Joint Conference 
November 13-14, 2019
Marshalltown, IA

National FFA Convention and Expo
October 30-November 2, 2019
Indianapolis, IN

Ohio Farm Science Review
September 17-19, 2019
London, OH

National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) Annual Meeting 
September 8-10, 2019
Fort Wayne, IN

The North American Fruit Explorers and the Northern Nut Growers Association Conference 
July 28-31, 2019
Iowa City, IA

National Educational Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS)
July 9, 2019
Peosta, IA

Child Agricultural Injury Prevention Workshop
Embassy Suites
June 23-24, 2019
Des Moines, IA

ISASH 2019 Annual Conference
Embassy Suites
June 24-27, 2019
Des Moines, IA

Agricultural Safety and Health Core Course Networking Reception 
CPHB Atrium
June 10, 2019
Iowa City, IA

Agricultural Safety and Health Core Course 
CPHB Atrium
June 10-14, 2019
Iowa City, IA

National Educational Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS)
June 12
Peosta, IA

Mental Health Awareness Month
May 2019 Social Media/Website Campaign

Occupational and Safety and Health Student Research Conference
April 26, 2019
Iowa City, IA

Farm Bureau Federation Ag Safety Awareness Week: Know Your Limits
March 3-9, 2019

58th Annual Western Farm Show
Kansas City Convention Center
February 22-24, 2019
Kansas City, MO

Sioux Falls Farm Show
Sioux Falls Arena/Convention Center
January 23-25, 2019
Sioux Falls, SD

Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference
Scheman Building, Iowa State University
January 17-19, 2019
Ames, IA

Agritourism Destination Safety and Health Best Practices Workshop
Johnson County Extension Office, Rooms A & B
December 13, 2018
Iowa City, IA

Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health (MRASH) Conference
November 28-29, 2018
Council Bluffs, IA

Farm Progress Show
August 28-30, 2018
Boone, IA

Husker Harvest Days
September 11-13, 2018
Grand Island, NE

Advancing Rural Primary Care:
A National Conference on the Effective Utilization of Physician Assistants

September 11-12, 2014
Omaha, NE

7th International Symposium:
Safety & Health in Agricultural & Rural Populations: Global Perspectives (SHARP)

October 19-22, 2014
Delta Bessborough Hotel & Sheraton Cavalier Hotel
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Rebalancing Health Care in the Heartland 7:
Fulfilling the Promise of Health Care Innovation
November 20, 2014
Embassy Suites, Des Moines, IA

13th Annual Midwest Rural Agricultural Health and Safety Conference in conjunction with the Iowa Rural Health Association Fall Meeting
November 19-20, 2014
FFA Enrichment Center
1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway
Des Moines Area Community Campus
Ankeny, IA
Conference Website

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Drought can lead to more than the summertime blues in farmers

Press Release

For Immediate Release: September 17, 2021

Contact: Jenn Patterson, MLitt, GPCAH Center Coordinator, 319-335-4207

It comes as no surprise to Midwesterners that farmers are vulnerable to extreme weather events, but have you considered additional ways to combat occupational stress when it comes to drought planning for yourself and your ag community?

Jesse Berman, Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, and his team published a peer-reviewed paper in Science of The Total Environment looking at the association between drought conditions and increasing occupational stress among nearly 500 Midwest farmers over 2012-2015. Read the full paper at

Researchers examined the relationship between drought conditions and measures of job-related stress (job strain ratio). The study identified that the job strain ratio increased during drought conditions that occurred during the growing season. Increased stress related to drought was nearly four-fold greater than stress associated with other factors, such as reporting pain in multiple body parts.

While we know that lack of rain causes stress, this study quantifies the trend and lends evidence to the need for mental health interventions. The authors suggest including information on health risks and mitigation strategies during early phases of drought conditions, with increased mental health resources for vulnerable populations.

This understudied threat to public health is particularly important due to increasingly hotter and drier growing seasons in North America and could provide important data for federal early warning systems and preparedness policy.

“Incorporating health into drought early warning plans is a growing priority of the National Integrated Drought Information System,” Berman said. “Studies that evaluate health risks from extreme weather are incredibly important for protecting both current and future farming populations that suffer disproportionately from natural disaster events.”

Berman received a pilot grant from the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health at the University of Iowa in 2019 to fund this study. GPCAH is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, U54 OH 007548).

For more information about how farmers get hurt and how to prevent these injuries, visit and select “resources” from the menu options.

Contact information: Jesse Berman, PhD, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota


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