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Registration is now open for the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America’s (ASHCA) North American Agricultural Safety Summit – Raising Safety, Cultivate a Culture of Safety.  The March 22-24 virtual event will focus on how to identify and implement cost-effective, practical safety strategies that enhance the well-being of workers in agriculture. 

The interactive virtual Summit will include:

  • A fast-paced program with well-known speakers including John Howard, M.D., director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • “Tools of the Trade”, learning labs with live demonstrations of safety resources and training programs.
  • ASHCA Achievement Awards acknowledging safety achievements of individuals and companies.
  • Research poster session with lightning talks.

Like previous events, the 2021 summit will focus on how to identify, test and implement cost-effective, practical safety strategies that enhance the well-being of workers in agriculture.

Jess McCluer, National Grain and Feed Association & ASHCA Board Chair, named 2021 ‘Leader in the field’ by Journal of Agromedicine

Jess McCluer, who instills agricultural safety and health across the industry by leveraging his unique blend of analytical skills, creativity and relationship management, is the Journal of Agromedicine “Leader in the Field” 2021.

McCluer is Vice President, Safety and Regulatory Affairs, for the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA). Since March 2019, McCluer has also served as Board Chair of the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA), a coalition of agricultural business leaders, producer associations, risk managers and others joining together with safety associations, federal and state agencies, educational institutions and safety professionals.

McCluer’s leadership has been especially crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Agriculture was already one of our most hazardous industries, and none of the pre-pandemic hazards have gone away,” McCluer said. “It’s more important than ever to work together on the non-competitive issue of agricultural safety and health. We’re seeing examples of how cooperation can bring better, faster solutions to challenges that producers and agribusinesses are experiencing.”

The Journal of Agromedicine, edited by the National Farm Medicine Center, announces its Leader in the Field in the first issue of each volume. The recognition goes to an individual who has made significant contributions in agricultural safety and health practice, policy, and research.