The CHS Foundation, funded by charitable contributions from CHS Inc., recently awarded AgriSafe a $60,000 grant to assist in responding to emerging health concerns and support wellness initiatives for college students.
AgriSafe works with professionals to better serve health and safety concerns in rural communities. A portion of the funds from the grant will support Invest in Your Health, a wellness initiative for college students. The program uses a train the trainer model to provide college students with the tools needed to stay safe and healthy. Students attend an interactive safety demonstration and receive a personal protective equipment (PPE) kit they can share with their farm families and rural community peers.
The CHS Foundation has partnered with AgriSafe since 2013 to serve more than 2,000 college students. “With agriculture ranking among the most dangerous industries in the United States, it is important to train up a safe and health conscientious workforce,” says Carolyn Sheridan, RN, BSN clinical director, AgriSafe Network. “We applaud the leadership and partnership the CHS Foundation has dedicated to ag safety through the years.”
Additional funds are devoted to AgriSafe’s Rapid Response efforts to enhance capacity to predict and rapidly respond to new health concerns that impact the safety of agricultural workers. The agricultural industry is often on the front lines of health threats such as avian flu, swine flu, and Zika virus; this funding will position AgriSafe to make a greater impact in supporting ag producers.
“The CHS Foundation supports AgriSafe in their efforts to help train the next generation of ag leaders and address issues that affect the agriculture industry,” says Nanci Lilja, president, CHS Foundation. “Together we are ensuring young adults are better prepared to lead safety practices on farms and in their communities.”
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