AMES, Iowa – Answers to farm safety and health questions, case studies and a calendar of farm safety related events are available on one website – eXtension.org. Farm safety and health is the most recent community of practice, or topic area, to launch on the national research-based information and education site.
New farmers and seasoned farmers will find frequently asked questions, events, decision tools and research-based information on eXtension, said Charles Schwab, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialist.
According to Schwab, Iowa State and other partnering land-grant universities are offering information on farm safety and health as a way to provide education and answers to questions.
“The agricultural industry has historically been a dangerous occupation, and continues to be so, based on the number of deaths each year,” said Schwab. “We’re providing this community of practice to the public to bring awareness to safe farm practices. It’s a great resource; answers to questions about what personal protective equipment can be purchased and where, along with information about the heat-related illnesses associated with agricultural production and much more information is posted online.”
eXtension (pronounced E-extension) is an educational partnership of 74 universities that provide online access to objective research-based information and education. The eXtension web resource offers land-grant university expertise and reliable answers about farm safety and health as well as parenting, personal finance, education, disaster issues, gardens and many more topics.