Certified Safe Farm:
Certified Safe Farm: Saving Lives, Improving Health, and Lowering Costs on North Carolina Farms
Certified Safe Farm is a comprehensive agricultural health and safety program for farmers, family members, and employees that saves lives, prevents injury, improves health, and saves costs! In North Carolina, the program involves:
- a comprehensive on-farm safety review conducted by Extension professionals,
- occupational health and wellness screenings conducted by AgriSafe health providers,
- in-person education with farmers and others during safety and health visits, and
- an economic incentive program to assist farmers in making safety and health improvements (cost-share program).
Certified Safe Farm was researched and developed by the University of Iowa and through 10 years of research on 700 farms has been proven effective. Certified Safe Farm is implemented in North Carolina as a collaboration of NC State University, NC Cooperative Extension, the NC Agromedicine Institute, and AgriSafe-NC. With funding from the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (NCTTFC), Certified Safe Farm was successfully piloted in NC in Johnston, Sampson, and Duplin counties during 2009-2012. NC farmers enthusiastically recommended the program to others and supported expanding the program statewide. Through a second grant from the NCTTFC in 2013, we expanded the program to additional counties.
Learn more and get involved: https://appliedecology.cals.ncsu.edu/certified-safe-farm/