What is UMASH?

Get to know us – We’re UMASH

(Note from the blog editor: We thought this would be a great opportunity for you to get to know UMASH and what it does to keep farmers and workers free of injuries. Read on to find out more!)

The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) is all about keeping farmers, farm families, and workers injury free and healthy in their occupation.  The center began in 2011 with funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  Here is a brief video, which describes our center and the work that we do.

Over the last year UMASH has worked with others on supporting farmers during this low economic time by bringing attention to stress, depression, anxiety and other effects of the downturn.   We have a stress and mental health page on our website dedicated to this purpose.  Here you will find items such as:

  • Farm Safety Check on Stress and Wellness
  • Signs and Symptoms of Stress
  • Helpline numbers
  • Recorded webinars on Cultivating Resiliency (a partner project)
  • Resources from other partners both nationally and in the Midwest

Get to know us more by visiting our website and learning about the additional safety and health resources we offer.  Questions?  Email us at or call us at 612.625.8836

Safety Tips for Farms

Farm Safety Tips | via

Our office received an email today from one of our grower members, asking for resources about farm safety – especially fire and weather safety.

I took a look around, did a Google search or two, and came up with a few links that hopefully are helpful to farmers. Check these out:

University of Minnesota Extension – Extreme Weather section / tips for farms:

Iowa State University has this Farm Safety PDF with quite a bit of information.

Here’s a decent Barn Safety Checklist.

Some good information here, as well, on Farm Fire Prevention and Safety.

And the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center has a plethora of resources for farms and farm workers – include several different farm safety checklists that you can find here.

Are there other websites and resources I’m missing? If so, please comment below and I’ll them to this list!