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J Agromedicine. 2014;19(2):69-73. doi: 10.1080/1059924X.2014.887488.

Raising the profile of worker safety: highlights of the 2013 North American Agricultural Safety Summit.

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  • 1a William J. Nelson is Vice President of Corporate Citizenship for CHS, Inc., and President of the CHS Foundation, Inver Grove Heights , Minnesota , USA .


The 2013 North American Agricultural Safety Summit, an unprecedented gathering of industry leaders and safety experts, was held September 25-27 in Minneapolis, MN. Hosted by the industry-led Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA), there were 250 attendees, 82 speakers, 76 abstracts with poster presentations, along with "best practices" videos, genius bars sessions, learning stations, exhibits, breakfast roundtable topics, and receptions. The event was a mix of knowledge, inspiration and networking to enable participants to influence the adoption of safety practices in their home/work settings. Given the agriculture industry's commitment to feed nine billion people, the projected world population by 2050, it is imperative that producers and agribusiness strive to do it safely, humanely and sustainably. Evaluation feedback was very positive, indicating ASHCA's original objectives for the Summit were achieved.


Agriculture; conference; safety; worker

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