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2017 Farmsafe For Kidz Annual Poster Contest

"FARMSAFE FOR KIDZ" Annual Poster Contest – July 10th, 2017

          The George Fuller Memorial Fund through NYCAMH (The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health) is sponsoring the 27th Annual FARMSAFE FOR KIDZ Poster contest.  The initial contest was held in 1990, a spin-off of the Iowa based Farm Safety 4 Just Kids program.  Monies from a fund established by Mrs. George Fuller from Cohocton, NY, in memory of her husband who suffered a farm fatality, were used to provide ribbons and cash awards for the competition.

          All 4-H members and area youth are eligible to participate if they live in Chenango, Delaware, Fulton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego or Schoharie County.  Poster entries can be taken to the Farmers' Museum Junior Livestock Show on Sunday, July 9th, 2017 or to the NYCAMH office in Fly Creek on or before Thursday, July 6th, 2017.

          This year, NYCAMH's theme will be "Get Out of My Space", which will focus on Animal Space, Confined Space, Equipment Operator Space and Driver Space. These areas are hazards when living on the farm.

          Prizes will be awarded Monday, July 10th, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Dairy Show tent during the Annual Farmers' Museum Junior Livestock Show.  All entries will receive a ribbon and a small gift.  Poster Contest winners will be selected from three age groups - Ages 8 and under, Ages 9-12, and Ages 13 and older.  Points will be awarded for safety message, originality and neatness. Posters must be 22" X 28" in size on 6 ply poster board.  Please complete the entry form below and attach it to the back of the poster.

          Winning posters will be awarded monetary prizes and ribbons.  Winning poster entries will be displayed at the Farmers' Museum Harvest Festival in September 16-17th, 2017 and in the home school district of the winners during National Farm Safety and Health Week, September 17-23rd.  

          Prior to the poster prize presentations, staff from NYCAMH will lead the group in   a discussion and activity about safe spaces on the farm.        

          For further information, please contact NYCAMH (The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health) at 1-800-343-7527 or your local 4-H Educator or Print out a registration form here   NYCAMH is a program of Bassett Healthcare promoting safe and healthy farming, 1 Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY.  

"FARMSAFE FOR KIDZ" Annual Poster Contest  July 11th, 2016

The George Fuller Memorial Fund through NYCAMH (The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health) is sponsoring the 26th Annual FARMSAFE FOR KIDZ Poster contest. The initial contest was held in 1990, a spin-off of the Iowa based Farm Safety 4 Just Kids program. Monies from a fund established by Mrs. George Fuller from Cohocton, NY, in memory of her husband who suffered a farm fatality, were used to provide ribbons and cash awards for the competition.

All 4-H members and area youth are eligible to participate if they live in Chenango, Delaware, Fulton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego or Schoharie County. Poster entries can be taken to the Farmers' Museum Junior Livestock Show on Sunday, July 10th, 2016 or to the NYCAMH office in Fly Creek on or before Thursday, July 7th, 2016.

This year, NYCAMH will focus on Safe Play Areas as there are hazards when living on the farm. For information safe play areas check out this link:http://www.marshfieldresearch.org/nccrahs/safe-play.

Prizes will be awarded Monday, July 11th, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Dairy Show tent during the Annual Farmers' Museum Junior Livestock Show. All entries will receive a ribbon and a small gift. Poster Contest winners will be selected from three age groups - Ages 8 and under, Ages 9-12, and Ages 13 and older. Points will be awarded for safety message, originality and neatness. Posters must be 22" X 28" in size on 6 ply poster board. Please complete the entry form below and attach it to the back of the poster.

Winning posters will be awarded monetary prizes and ribbons. Winning poster entries will be displayed at the Farmers' Museum Harvest Festival in September 10-11th, 2016 and in the home school district of the winners during National Farm Safety and Health Week, September 20-26th.

Prior to the poster prize presentations, staff from NYCAMH will lead the group in a Safe Play Area discussion and activity.

For further information, please contact NYCAMH (The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health) at 1-800-343-7527 or your local 4-H Educator or Print out a registration form at http://www.nycamh.org/news/?id=602 NYCAMH is a program of Bassett Healthcare promoting safe and healthy farming, 1 Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY.

Print a copy of the entry formhere.

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Changes to EPA's Farm Worker Protection Standard

The Environmental Protection Agency has revised the 1992 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard regulation to increase protection from pesticide exposure for the nation's two million agricultural workers and their families. These changes will afford farmworkers similar health protections that are already afforded to workers in other industries while taking into account the unique working environment of many agricultural jobs.
The regulation seeks to protect and reduce the risks of injury or illness resulting from agricultural workers' (those who perform hand-labor tasks in pesticide-treated crops, such as harvesting, thinning, pruning) and pesticide handlers' (those who mix, load and apply pesticides) use and contact with pesticides on farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses. The regulation does not cover persons working with livestock.
Major changes to the regulation:

  • Annual mandatory training to inform farmworkers on the required protections. This increases the likelihood that protections will be followed. Currently, training is only once every 5 years.
  • Expanded training includes instructions to reduce take-home exposure from pesticides on work clothing and other safety topics.
  • First-time ever minimum age requirement: Children under 18 are prohibited from handling pesticides.
  • Expanded mandatory posting of no-entry signs for the most hazardous pesticides. The signs prohibit entry into pesticide-treated fields until residues decline to a safe level.
  • New no-entry application-exclusion zones up to 100 feet surrounding pesticide application equipment will protect workers and others from exposure to pesticide overspray.
  • Requirement to provide more than one way for farmworkers and their representatives to gain access to pesticide application information and safety data sheets  centrally-posted, or by requesting records.
  • Mandatory record-keeping to improve states' ability to follow up on pesticide violations and enforce compliance. Records of application-specific pesticide information, as well as farmworker training, must be kept for two years.
  • Anti-retaliation provisions are comparable to Department of Labor's (DOL's).
  • Changes in personal protective equipment will be consistent with the DOL's Occupational Safety & Health Administration standards for ensuring respirators are effective, including fit test, medical evaluation and training.
  • Specific amounts of water to be used for routine washing, emergency eye flushing and other decontamination, including eye wash systems for handlers at pesticide mixing/loading sites.
  • Continue the exemption for farm owners and their immediate family with an expanded definition of immediate family.

Additional information on the rule is available at:
www2.epa.gov/pesticide-worker-safety/revisions-worker-protection-standard

Check out the new regulations here. Contact NYCAMH for more information.