The International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) will be "Bridging the Past and Future 50 Years" at its annual conference, June 24-28, in South Burlington.
About 150 people from the United States and Canada are expected to attend the "golden jubilee" meeting at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center. It will feature nearly 50 concurrent sessions and tours highlighting Vermont agriculture and its particular safety and health issues.
ISASH president-elect George Cook, the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension farm safety specialist, has been selected as host chair for the meeting.
"ISASH members and friends will have the opportunity to learn about Vermont and our uniquely diverse agricultural industry," he notes, "from our working landscape, dotted with family dairy farms to our picturesque maple sugarbushes. Tours will offer the chance to visit with Vermonters and see new cutting-edge agricultural technology in operation in addition to being steeped in many of our proud traditions."
The conference will open with a welcome from Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross. Plenary sessions will focus on agricultural safety and health, ergonomics and ROPS (rollover protective structures) for tractors.
A professional improvement session will examine social marketing in agricultural fatality and injury prevention. Participants also will enjoy a Spirit of Ethan Allen dinner cruise on Lake Champlain.
Concurrent sessions will be offered on a wide array of topics including improving agricultural assistive technology, safety and health for nontraditional farmers, family-based youth farm safety, the Vermont Farm Safety Program, safety in maple sugaring and occupational safety and heath of foreign workers. Tours will visit the UVM Proctor Maple Research Center in Underhill, the UVM Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge and a number of other agricultural operations including dairy farms, apple orchards, maple sugarhouses, wineries and diversified organic farms, among others, in Addison, Chittenden and Lamoille Counties.
"The host committee is proud to welcome ISASH members and friends to Vermont to celebrate their golden anniversary," Cook concludes. "They'll be able to savor the flavor of Vermont, our very own 'liquid gold,' during Monday afternoon's break, featuring pure Vermont maple sugar-on-snow, served up by our friendly maple sugarmakers."
ISASH is the premier international organization solely devoted to agricultural safety and health education and research. Formerly known as the National Institute for Farm Safety, the organization, established in 1962, has a history of serving as a clearinghouse for research and intervention ideas. Members can take credit for many safety initiatives in U.S. agriculture, including the slow-moving vehicle emblem, emergency farm rescue, ROPS, assistive technologies for disabled farmers and hand signals.
To learn more about ISASH or the annual conference, visit www.isash.org