About Certified Safe Farm
The goal of Certified Safe Farm of North Carolina is to improve the safety and health of North Carolina's farm families and employees using a proven, community-based program. The Certified Safe Farm of NC and AgriSafe of NC programs will coordinate their work to:
· save lives, lost work days, and costs;
· reduce injury;
· improve health
on North Carolina farms. This pilot program is available in Johnston, Sampson, and Duplin counties and is funded by a grant to NC State University, in partnership with the NC Agromedicine Institute, from the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.
The Certified Safe Farm of North Carolina (CSF-NC) program includes an on-farm safety review of 17 worksite areas for safety features and hazards and are conducted by specially-trained county Cooperative Extension agents with the farm operator. Farms who receive a passing score receive recognition signs for their farm entrance and farm shop.
Farmers in these counties are also eligible for 50/50 cost share funds to make safety and health improvements, such as adding guards to machinery or purchasing personal protective equipment. In addition, AgriSafe-NC and CSF-NC staff collaborate on outreach and education events and coordinate services.
To schedule an on-farm safety review for your farm, contact:
· Johnston: Tim Britton, 919-989-5380
· Duplin: Amanda Hatcher, 910-296-2143
· Sampson: Paul Gonzalez, 910-592-7161
Find out more about the program in our brochure
Our program has received national and state-wide attention. See what Successful Farming and NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission have to say about Certified Safe Farm and AgriSafe.
CSF-NC and AgriSafe-NC and are based on proven model programs developed (1987) and implemented (1996-2005) by Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health. CSF-NC is the first state program to launch a full-scale pilot of Certified Safe Farm outside of Iowa. AgriSafe of North Carolina is the first state affiliate of the AgriSafe Network, a non-profit, national network for health providers established in 2003 with members in 16 states. Long-term goals of the combined programs are to develop incentives and to expand AgriSafe-NC and Certified Safe Farm-NC to the entire state of North Carolina.