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January 2021


AgrAbility of Wisconsin hosted its annual advisory council meeting mid-November. Although this year's meeting was held virtually, they still had great attendance and discussion. Staff was able to share with their advisory council members what they accomplished throughout the year, and what changes they made to adapt to the challenging times.

In early December, staff hosted a webinar, "The 'Upside-Down' Pyramid of Safety in Agriculture". Production agriculture remains a highly dangerous industry with a fatality rate at least seven times greater than all other industries combined. "Farm safety" efforts are not new - yet they have been only marginally effective. Information about, and illustrations of, applications of the "safety hierarchy" were shared in this session. For many in AgrAbility roles, this may have been a new way of framing workplace safety and health promotion efforts in ways more likely to be impactful, hopefully resulting in less risk, fewer injuries, and healthier farmers, workers, and family members. Dr. John Shutske, Professor and Extension Specialist at UW-Madison, presented. The recording is available on AgrAbility of Wisconsin's website at

Submitted by Amanda Harguth