Anyone who’s ever wanted to get a peek inside a Harvard classroom will soon have a chance.In conjunction with the University’s 375th anniversary, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) is launching a new video series, “Harvard’s Great Teachers,” highlighting Harvard’s world-class faculty and offering a sampling of the exciting and innovative teaching experienced by Harvard students.“ ‘Harvard’s Great Teachers’ is a video series that showcases our faculty sharing their ideas, talking about what they do in the classroom, very much in the liberal arts tradition,” said FAS Dean Michael D. Smith. “Harvard is a place where the nuance, complexity, and the sometimes startling beauty of ideas are explored. We hope these videos will illustrate for viewers the type of exciting and important conversations that happen here every day between our faculty and students.”The series launches today with more than a dozen separate videos, ranging in length from a few minutes to a full hour, in which faculty members discuss their approach to teaching and explore topics they are passionate about. Other videos include full-length classroom lectures, visits to different locations on campus, and interviews with students about the Harvard classroom experience. Among the faculty members who will appear in the initial set of videos:Peter Galison, the Pellegrino University Professor, who discusses the effect of historical context on the genesis of Einstein’s discoveries, along with the ways in which these discoveries affected modern notions of time and space.Thomas F. Kelly, the Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music, who offers viewers an inside look at the ideas and activities that make his “First Nights” course one of Harvard’s most popular and enduring institutions. Kelly’s thoughts on the significance of first performances — whether it is the debut of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” or the first performance of the original, student-performed work that completes the term — offer a conceptually rich and powerfully moving account of the role music can play in human experience.Lisa Randall, the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science, who discusses the importance of scale to her work as a physicist and to our ways of seeing and understanding the world around us. In her new book, “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” and in her collaborations with artists and composers — such as her recent curation of the “Measure for Measure” exhibit at Harvard’s Carpenter Center — Randall manages to communicate the difficult concepts of her research in both lucid and provocative ways.Jonathan Zittrain, professor of law in the faculty of law and professor of computer science in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, who discusses topics ranging from his vision of the Internet as “random acts of kindness” to the dangers of online crowdsourcing to his innovative and interdisciplinary classroom practices.Videos will be added over the course of the spring semester. The series will run for up to five years, with as many as six new videos being produced each year.“We want to show how exciting it is to be in the classroom these days,” said Evelynn M. Hammonds, dean of Harvard College and Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies. “It’s not a passive experience — it’s quite dynamic and thought-provoking. What we want to capture in this series and bring to the world is the excitement of intellectual inquiry in Harvard’s classrooms.”“Central to everything we do is the 150-year-old idea of a university devoted to interweaving teaching and research,” said Galison, who serves as faculty adviser on the series. “Our research — across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities — finds its way into the world. Sometimes that passage is through scientific articles, interpretive books, or national policy. But traditionally, we have had fewer means for conveying the huge amount of work that goes into finding new and exciting ways of teaching: new teaching methods on one side, and the integration of new knowledge on the other. Our hope with these short videos is that we could make visible some of the innovative and compelling ways that teaching is developing here. It is, I am convinced, a first step in a major new initiative that we are undertaking to rethink the Harvard classroom for the 21st century — and to share those results.”The video series, produced by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, reflects a renewed focus on teaching and learning at FAS and across the University. In 2010, Smith reported to the faculty on his efforts to support great teaching and learning, alongside great scholarship.Other efforts include [email protected], a series of faculty panels launched last year by Smith. Participants last year shared best practices and innovative methods with fellow faculty and teaching staff in three areas: active learning, instilling a global perspective, and teaching with collections. To mark Harvard’s 375th anniversary, Professor of History Maya Jasanoff recently moderated a pair of discussions about the FAS at 400, imagining how Harvard’s approach to its teaching and research might change and what core elements might stand the test of time.Both the series and the [email protected] panels complement the University-wide Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) symposium held Feb. 3. The conference offered faculty and students the opportunity to engage in dialogue and debate while sharing ideas and information about pedagogical innovation, and was developed as part of a $40 million gift from Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser.To view the “Harvard’s Great Teachers” series.
Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) alerted students in an email Saturday night of a reported sexual assault that occurred in the early morning hours of March 3. NDSP is investigating the reported incident. Police said the reported assault was committed by a non-stranger in a residence hall. They advised students to be conscious of the environment they are in and look out for friends to reduce the risk of sexual assault. “College students are more likely to be assaulted by an acquaintance than a stranger. This means that the person perpetrating the assault could be part of the campus community. Being aware of your own safety and watching out for your friends are important steps you can take to reduce the risk of sexual assault,” the email stated.
SDMS hosted Richmond Middle school on Tuesday. SDMS girls won 137-37 and the boys won 97.50-74.50. Both squads are sitting undefeated with a 3-0 record.Individual winners include: Alexis Brennen-200 Freestyle, 50 Freestyle; Emily Hafertepen-200 IM, 1 meter diving; Luke Jackson-50 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly; Kendra Combs-100 Butterfly; Sarah Roszell-100 Freestyle; Abigail Cowden-500 Freestyle; Ray Krider-500 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke; Alix Meister-100 Backstroke; Nick Weber-100 Backstroke; Julia Bulach-100 Breaststroke. SDMS won all 6 relays last night.SDMS hosts the Spartans from Connersville on Thursday. Come out and support the AquaTrojans!!!Trojans pull out a victory against the Squires of South Dearborn on Thursday night. Boys had a huge victory, 113-25, while the girls won by a point 78-77.Individual winners include: Ray Krider-200 Free, 100 Freestyle; Nick Weber-100 IM, 100 Breaststroke; Jayme Pennington-50 Freestyle; Jacob Nixon-50 Freestyle, 50 Butterfly; Abigail Cowden-100 Freestyle; Luke Jackson-400 Freestyle; Leo Maxwell-100 Backstroke; Emily Hafertepen-100 Breaststroke.Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.
If music and craic is your thing then the Muckish Music Fest is the place for you to be.The festival takes place in McCarry’s Bar in Drumaneany, Kildarragh on August 9th to 11th and it promises to be a weekend to remember this summer.Each day will be packed with something for everyone including the kids. While parents can kick back and enjoy the best of music, there’ll be a kids’ disco and even a bouncy castle over the weekend.From Cliona Hagan to Kewltic Kaos and the David Craig Band, the list of music goes on and on.And a massibe marquee means that there’ll be plenty of room for everyone to relax in comfort and dance the nights away.In fact, there’s so much on it’s difficult to decide when you can have a rest! The following is the full list of what’s happening so you can pick and choose.See you in Kildarragh for the Muckish Music Fest!Friday 9th of August7:30pm to 9:00pm – Ailish McBride9:30pm to 11:00pm – Cliona Hagan 11:30pm – Live DJ til lateSaturday 10th of August2:00pm – Kids Bouncy Castles5:00pm to 6:30pm – Kids Disco in the Marquee 7:30 to 9:00pm – Last Orders9:30pm to 11:00pm – Keltic Kaos11:30pm – Live DJ til lateSunday 11th of August – Sunday is our charity day in aid of Little Angels School Letterkenny2:00pm – Charity Vintage Vehicle Run – Use any vintage vehicle and come and join us to raise money for a good cause Just €5 entry5:00pm – Charity Auction Event – Something for everyone at this auction. Enjoy the fun7:30pm to 9:00pm – Martin Cuffe & the off the Kuff Band9:30pm to 11:00pm – The David Craig BandThe Muckish Music Fest set to be a weekend to remember! was last modified: July 31st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalKildarraghMuckish Music Fest
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Long story short, here are my NFL picks for Week 11, with a guarantee the 49ers will not to lose (on their bye):Raiders 20, Cardinals 17: Maybe Cards coach Steve Wilks gave the Raiders “impressive” pass rush the vote of confidence it needed. Line: Oakland +5 1/2Packers 27, Seahawks 24: What’s more likely, Aaron Rodgers falls to 0-5 on the road or the Seahawks lose their third straight home game? Stick with the Seahawks’ skid at CenturyLink, where their Dec. 2 prime-time kickoff against the …
Farmers are positive that relations between government and the agricultural industry are back on track. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica. For more free photos, visit the image library.) MEDIA CONTACTS • Johannes Möller President: Agri SA +27 82 647 8481 • Priscilla Tsotso Sehoole Chief communications manager Department of Agriculture +27 83 265 8728 +27 12 319 7017 USEFUL LINKS • Agri SA • Department of Agriculture, forestry and fisheries. RELATED ARTICLES • Congo welcomes SA farmers • Zuma restructures Cabinet • Growing the organic business • Eating, earning from city farms Khanyi MagubaneSouth African farmers say they are more optimistic about the future of the industry following a productive meeting with the country’s new agriculture minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson.Agri SA, an organisation representing the agricultural industry, met the new minister on 5 August to discuss pertinent issues farmers thought had received little attention from the previous agriculture ministry.“With the first meeting between the minister and Agri SA in Pretoria it was the first time that we were greeted courteously and treated as equal South Africans,” Free State Agriculture president Louw Steytler told Sapa.Steytler reiterated his views at the meeting: “Standing before the congress today I am far more positive than the last six years [that the] winds of change and the voice of reason which farmers wanted to establish in the country are starting to form.”Weeding out thorny issuesTopics under discussion at the conference included food security, food affordability and sustainable land reform. Land reform has been a thorny issue between government and the farming community.Government’s land redistribution programme aims to return land expropriated from black people by the apartheid government. This has created tension between the government and white farmers.The government’s approach has been that of “willing buyer, willing seller”. Under this scheme the government buys land at its market value to return to claimants, but only if the current owner agrees to the sale and the price – thereby respecting the property rights protected by the Constitution.The process has not been without its problems, though.In their Agricultural Policy Statements (APS), Agri SA has stipulated a number of conditions to government in order to facilitate successful land redistribution:● The land redistribution process and broadening of access to other natural resources must be implemented with transparency within the context of recognising property rights, fair compensation and the retention of production potential.● The state should use market value as norm when acquiring land for land redistribution purposes.● This also applies to expropriation – which should serve as last resort for land acquisition when bona fide negotiations have failed, bearing in mind that;● Landowners should have access to courts for rulings regarding the purpose of land acquisition as well as for price determination.The issue of safety and security for farmers and their labourers has long been a concern for the farming community.In their APS, the organisation called on government to devise a more organised form of dealing with crime in the rural and faming areas of the country:● Agri SA expect government to implement an integrated crime prevention and management plan, which includes all state departments, whereby crime-fighting can be managed effectively in a coordinated manner at all government levels.● Purposeful action is needed to eliminate corrupt elements in the police service and to maintain a satisfactory level of service delivery.According to Steytler, farmers have had to turn into activists and crime fighters instead of farming. He said he was glad the government was now willing to pay closer attention to the problem.“Crime, specifically farm murders and violence in the rural areas, became our focus point instead of the production of fibre and food,” he said.Closer tiesThe farming industry in South Africa has been facing difficulty in the wake of the recession, which has affected production.To make matters worse, deteriorating relations with government made it difficult for the industry to have their issues dealt with efficiently.The sentiment has however begun to change over the past few months.Of significance to the Afrikaner community, who still dominate the farming industry, was the warmth shown by President Jacob Zuma as far back as 2007, during his campaigning in the run up to the African National Congress’ Polokwane conference, where a new party president was expected to be chosen.During a November 2007 birthday party attended by Zuma, a number of prominent Afrikaners in politics were also invited. Zuma was seen talking to opposition party Inkatha Freedom Party member of parliament Koos van der Merwe, members of the Afrikaner political party Solidarity as well as celebrated Afrikaans writer Dan Roodt.In May this year Zuma extended another hand to the Afrikaner community by appointing Pieter Mulder, leader of the Afrikaner-dominated opposition party Freedom Front Plus, as deputy minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.Mulder was criticised for accepting the position, which was seen as weakening the opposition. In response he said it offered the Afrikaner community a chance be active in mainstream politics again.“As FF Plus leader I had broadly engaged with Afrikaner cultural and agricultural organisations about the issue and asked their advice about the offer,” he said in a statement.“Their overwhelming and unanimous reaction was that the hand of cooperation which is being extended to us but should not summarily be slapped away but should be seen as an opportunity.”Agri SA also said it had been heartened by Zuma’s State of the Nation address of 3 July.“President Zuma’s State of the Nation address was straightforward and depicted a clear vision for South Africa within Africa,” Agri SA president Johannes Möller said in a statement.“The agricultural sector is not indifferent to poverty issues, unemployment and the general recessionary conditions, on which the president focused.”One of the immediate tasks that the farming community and government are set to work together on is ensuring that the land redistribution programme is a successful.“The minister wants a plan and she asked Agri SA to help,” Steytler said.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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9 December 2015Consensus on how all media, including online, can play a vital role in encouraging more gender equality and understanding not only in the global media but also in promoting general social cohesion by the year 2030, is the aim of the first General Assembly of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s Global Alliance on Media and Gender (Gamag).Gamag is a global movement to promote gender equality in and through the media.The First GAMAG General Assembly will take place on 9 – 10 December in Geneva. @UNESCO #GenderInMedia pic.twitter.com/8cnrJn63ql— GAMAG (@tweet_gamag) November 29, 2015The South African team will be led by the acting director-general of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Johannes Rantete. The team will join other global government media departments, as well as private media organisations, civil society and media academics in Geneva from 8 to 10 December to discuss practical ways to achieve the desired outcomes.South Africa would use the platform to encourage media houses across the world to involve women in the sourcing, production, delivery, analysis and broadcasting of news to create a global media that better reflected the voices and interests of women, said GCIS.The objectives of Gamag align closely with the aims of the National Development Plan’s Vision 2030 to actively encourage gender equality through job creation, education and social and health welfare.The Gamag assembly takes place during 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence.Topics to be discussed in presentations and roundtables include the structure and details for a global development co-operation framework on gender and media. The gathering will also look at the effect and importance of the relationship between emerging online media and youth in achieving the goals of Gamag.Also under discussion will be gender and media as a business and development model, and the strategic link between policy and research on gender and media.An International Development Co-operation meeting will precede the Gamag gathering, hoping to outline and provide useful indicators on the direction of supporting, enabling and financing gender equality in and through the media.Both events will aim to provide a platform for dialogue and establish an International Development Co-operation Framework on Gender and Media.According to Unesco and Gamag, the conference objectives include initiating processes to:Expand the mandate and reach of key stakeholders to promote gender equality through the design of an International Development Co-operation Framework on Gender and Media that can give support to actions at the national, regional and global levels – in particular the activities of the Global Alliance on Media and Gender;Recognise the critical area of concern of the Beijing Declaration, the resolution adopted by the UN in 1995 to promulgate a set of global principles concerning the equality of men and women;Analyse and discuss the declaration’s Platform for Action, as well as the Women and the Media Diagnosis element of the declaration as central to all other critical areas of concern, in order to endorse and build Gamag as a mechanism to accelerate implementation and systematic follow-up; and,Encourage commitment to mainstream or strengthen gender and media objectives in the programmes and budgets of the development partners as well as through their communication strategies of their own media services.Millennium and Sustainable development goalsThe Gamag assembly is an answer to the call for global partnerships as stated in the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal 8. Also, the mission statement of the conference resonates with the proposed Sustainable Development Goals 16 and 17. These are to target 10 concerning measures to promote public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, as well as strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development by the year 2030.Addis Ababa Action AgendaThe Gamag meeting will also seek to advance the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and Action Plan on Transformative Financing for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.Women are underrepresented in media staffing at all levels. This is fact, but we must change it. #GenderInMedia pic.twitter.com/Xc78Ls0OeT— GAMAG (@tweet_gamag) November 30, 2015Decades of research has shown that despite many advancements in gender equality, there remains much work to be done. “Women remain consistently under- represented in media staffing at all levels, in particular in executive decision- making and technical areas, and [are] often misrepresented in editorial content,” GCIS said in a statement about the meeting.The South African government holds that women are under-represented in media regulatory and professional organisations. It is determined to help the media, traditional and emerging, to promote women’s full participation in the industry. “Media houses and government communications wings have [the] potential to promote editorial policies in favour of gender equality in media content, eliminating stereotypes and portraying a fair representation of men and women.”GCIS highlighted the need to bring more online access to women in general, around the world, allowing them a voice to speak about what mattered most to them, including health issues, human rights promotion and overall gender equality. In addition to allowing them the platforms to speak, the media, GCIS said, should offer women the information needed to promote their participation in every aspect of life and in achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.“Media can give women a voice in news and current affairs, in all types of coverage and in all subject segments, including news on war and peace making, finance, science, technology and politics.”Ultimately, GCIS concluded, the media, working together with governments, the private sector and academia, “must enable time or space for women to express themselves and promote coverage and awareness of gender equality in work, working conditions, and property rights. A high priority [is] the situation of women in conflict zones, as well as violence against women.”Media can give women a voice in news and current affairs, in all types of coverage. #GenderInMedia pic.twitter.com/xtfoBfHScH— GAMAG (@tweet_gamag) December 2, 2015Source: South African Government News Agency
Johannesburg, Thursday 30 May 2019 – Brand South Africa calls on all citizens to play their part and rally behind the country’s sports teams and to kick off, the cricket team – the Proteas who are at the ICC Cricket World Cup in England.Just as the former great statesman Nelson Mandela once said; “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair”.In support of the national cricket team, in enhancing awareness of Nation Brand image and instilling nation pride, Brand South Africa has collaborated with Bidvest Wanderers Stadium to have a public viewing area – a fan park in place for all. Sports is one of the greatest unifiers for the country and it for this that the fan park becomes a platform to nurture this strength.“Following the successful launch of Brand South Africa’s Sports Friday, it is important we continue to drive citizenship support in the various sporting fraternities. Support has many positive benefits the most important being the ability to succeed despite the odds and that’s the reason behind Sports Friday and the fan park”, said Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela.The Wanderers facilities will be open for the public on the following dates: Thursday, 30 May: 11h30 – 18h00, England vs SA Sunday, 23 June: 11h30 – 18h00, Pakistan vs SA Friday, 27 June: 11h30 – 18h00, Sri Lanka vs SA Saturday, 6 July: 14h30 – 22h00, Australia vs SA Tuesday 09 & Thursday 11 July* 1st and 2nd semi-final, Sunday 14 July* Final match Follow the conversation on @PlayYourPartSA @BullringZA #FlyTheFlag #InspireProteas The following terms and conditions will apply: It is a non-ticketed event. • All fans must use Gate 1. Gates will be open from 09h00 and close 1-hour after the game. • Fans can bring their own soft cooler bag, food, beverages, umbrellas, blankets and camp chairs. • Fans are not permitted to bring alcohol (only soft beverages allowed). • Glasses and bottles are not allowed. • Normal match day security searches will take place. • Umbrellas are not allowed on the field but are allowed on the grass embankment area. • Alcohol is not permitted on the grass embarkment area. • Alcohol is allowed on the field, however, no glasses are allowed on the field. • Suite owners will be allowed to use their suite subject to informing the stadium of their intended plans 3-days before each match date. • Parking will be on own account at various parking venues (e.g. Melrose Arch etc) • Please note that the Grounds team will work on the pitch or field on match days whilst the match is on. About Central Gauteng Lions Central Gauteng Lions is the custodian of all cricket activities in the greater Sedibeng, West Rand, Vaal and Johannesburg area and manages the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.Visit us on www.centralgautenglions.co.za or follow us on our official twitter handle @BullringZA #FlyTheFlag #InspireProteas
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseThere is no doubt: it is not always convenient, or easy, or enjoyable to focus on farm safety issues. But the time and effort involved with a focus on farm safety is always worth the investment compared to the heartbreak resulting from tragedies that take place on farms every year. National Farm Safety Week is Sept. 16 to 22 this year and it is an important opportunity for farmers to re-focus on farm safety heading into the busy harvest months, not only for themselves and their families, but also their farm employees.“Agriculture is still one of the most hazardous industries not only in Ohio but in the U.S. Safety in agriculture is a key component to preventing severe injuries and fatalities,” said Kent McGuire, Ohio State University’s Health and Safety Coordinator in the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. “As an agricultural employer it is important to make safety a priority and take the time to train your employees on safe work practices and recognizing hazards. When we look at agricultural hazards, we can break those down into physical injuries and potential health issues. It is very important to consider the overall health and well being of not only farmers, but also agricultural workers. This includes stresses and mental aspects associated with agricultural production as well as some of the current issues we are trying to address like the opioid crisis. We have to look at getting those resources and that help out to the rural farm communities.”A focus on farm safety starts from the top management on down, and it needs to be embraced by everyone.“Safety needs to be a priority and one of the biggest things you can do for family members and employees is to build a culture of safety to create moments where people can recognize a hazard and address the situation. There are such a variety of hazards in agriculture from equipment, to livestock handling, to slips trips and falls and even confined spaces. The emphasis on taking the time to provide safety training and creating an awareness for your employees is vital to preventing health issues or injuries,” McGuire said. “We have put together a safety program for CFAES that can provide resources for the agricultural industry out in the state.”National Farm Safety and Health Week is coordinated by the U.S. Agricultural Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to highlight agricultural health and safety and create opportunities to start or continue to build safety programs for farm workers, farm families, and everyone involved in agriculture. Following are the daily themes through the week highlighting different safety focus areas for farms, and McGuire offers more specific items to consider for each topic. Monday: Rural roadway safety Throughout the year it is necessary for farm equipment and regular motorist to share the road. It is important that the equipment operator and the general motorist use the proper precautions on roadways.As an equipment operator:Make sure that all warning flashers and lights are in proper operating condition, and ensure the Slow Moving Vehicle emblems, are clean, and easily visible.Use turn signals or proper hand signals to give plenty of warning to other motorist of your intentions to turn.Plan ahead and watch for roadside obstacles.If possible, move equipment at off peak hours and use an escort vehicle if needed.Always have your brakes pedals locked together, Rollover Protective Structure in place and seat belt fastened.As a motorist sharing the road with agricultural equipment:Understand that most ag equipment today will not fit in one lane of the road.Operators also have to navigate around roadside obstacles like steep ditches, mailboxes, road signs, and bridge railings.Consider that operators of farm equipment my have limited vision to what is behind them because of the size of equipment they are towing.Take into account, most farm equipment is traveling at 25 miles per hour or less, as a motorist traveling at 55 miles per hour, reaction time to closing distance is greatly reduced. Use caution in order to prevent a rear end collision.For more visit umash.umn.edu/farm-safety-check-roadway-safety/ Tuesday: Health/suicide/opioids It is very important to consider the overall health and well being of the farmer or farm worker. This also includes the stresses and mental aspects associated with ag production. Common health hazards in agriculture include respiratory hazards, hearing loss, exposure to chemicals, working in extreme temperatures and sun exposure.Another aspect of living healthy is minimizing stress, however farming can be a consistently stressful occupation. Farmers experience stresses associated with most occupations such as high demand, time pressures, and increased workload; however, farmers have added pressures associated with agriculture, such as uncontrollable weather, machinery breakdowns, variable crop prices, or even economic survival.Finally, the challenges of dealing with the impacts of opioid use and addiction in the agricultural workplace and rural communities are growing. Educate employees about the dangers of addiction and the harm of abusing illegal drugs and prescription medications. Watch for warning signs of addiction and be extra vigilant if employees work in safety-sensitive positions or with heavy machinery.For more visit www.epa.gov/pesticide-worker-safety/agricultural-worker-protection-standard-wpshttp://nasdonline.org/1246/d001050/health-hazards-in-agriculture-an-emerging-issue.htmlhttps://articles.extension.org/pages/70313/production-agriculture-and-stressand www.usda.gov/topics/opioids. Wednesday: Child/youth health and safety For generations, youth have had an active part in agriculture. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more than 2 million youth under the age of 20 are exposed to farm-related safety hazards each year. As a result, it is important to understand and comply with the federal and state agricultural youth employment rules, stress safety practices and make sure that they are doing age appropriate work tasks that they can handle physically and mentally. Training young workers to recognize hazards is essential to reduce the risk of physical injury or health related exposures.For more information visit: www.osha.gov/SLTC/youth/agriculture/workers.html and https://www.dol.gov/whd/AG/ag_pocket_guide.pdf Thursday: Confined spaces in agriculture There is such a variety of confined spaces in the agricultural industry from grain handling facilities to manure storage areas, to bulk processing storage. An agricultural confined space can be identified as any space found in an agricultural workplace that:Was not designated or intended as a regular workstationHas limited or restricted means of entry or exitAssociated with potential physical and/or toxic hazards to workers who intentionally or unintentionally enter the space.It is important that those areas are identified and procedures are followed when working around or entering those areas. Hazards associated with agricultural confined spaces include: toxic atmospheres, combustible atmospheres, engulfment, entrapment, and equipment hazards.For more information visit: www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3939.pdf Friday: Tractor safety Tractors are the most widely used piece of equipment in agriculture, and still cause the most agricultural related fatalities in Ohio and nationally. The three main causes for severe injury include: roll-over, run-over, and being caught in moving parts. It is important to understand how to safely operate tractors, understand their capabilities and limitations, and use the safety features such as Roll Over Protective Structures.For more information visit: extension.psu.edu/national-safe-tractor-and-machinery-operation-program.“There are benefits to better safety and health practices in agriculture. Obviously the primary benefit is the reduction of illnesses, injuries and agricultural related fatalities. Additionally, there are cost and productivity benefits such as reduced worker’s compensation and insurance premiums, minimal medical expenses, and increased productivity and morale with employees,” McGuire said.Additional information on managing safety and resources for employee safety training in the agricultural industry can be found at https://agsafety.osu.edu/programs/cfaes-osha or contact Kent McGuire, OSU Agricultural Safety & Health, at [email protected] or 614-292-0588.