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Historical Perspective on I-CASH: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going!. Or…What a Ride We Have Had!! . “The modern farm is planted with more bobby traps than a battlefield. Last year they caused nearly 20,000 violent deaths.” Mechanix illustrated, December 1948 (page 59).

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Historical perspective on i cash where we ve been and where we re going

Historical Perspective on I-CASH: Where Weve Been and Where Were Going!

OrWhat a Ride We Have Had!!


Historical perspective on i cash where we ve been and where we re going

  • The modern farm is planted with more bobby traps than a battlefield. Last year they caused nearly 20,000 violent deaths.

    • Mechanix illustrated, December 1948 (page 59)


Historical perspective on i cash where we ve been and where we re going

  • In 1947 alone, 1,800,000 people were disabled or met violent death in farm accidents


Historical perspective on i cash where we ve been and where we re going

  • Most injuries occurred in the farm yard

  • Most injuries involved 15-19, 30-34, & 45-49 year olds

  • Falls predominated


Historical perspective on i cash where we ve been and where we re going

  • Most frequent agent of injurythe common axe!

  • Most frequent agent of livestock-related injuryhorses


Historical perspective on i cash where we ve been and where we re going

  • The call went outthe most need is for more stress on the hazards of the farm and the barnyard!


Historical perspective on i cash where we ve been and where we re going

  • Even in 1948, the agrarian myth persisted that wonderful little quiet place in the country.


Historical perspective on i cash where we ve been and where we re going

  • My grandfather had a sayingLiving is like licking honey off a thorn.

    • Carl Gunderson


Historical perspective on i cash where we ve been and where we re going

  • Substantial engineering design activity followed focused on ROPS, ingress/egress, shielding, lighting and marking, change in propulsion systems and harvesting technology, etc.


Historical perspective on i cash where we ve been and where we re going

  • Clinical centers specifically focused on agricultural disease and trauma emerged at The University of Iowa, Bassett Hospital (New York State) and Marshfield Clinic (Wisconsin)


Historical perspective on i cash where we ve been and where we re going

  • And, huge investments were made by state-level agricultural extension services in preventive education and farmer/rancher behavior modification


Historical perspective on i cash where we ve been and where we re going

  • The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.

    -Vince Lombardi


Now comes 1987

  • The CDC has just funded its first agricultural injury initiatives

  • Two international symposiums on agricultural disease and injury have occurred in Canada

  • Other symposia have occurred in Europe and Asia

Now comes 1987


The evidence was mounting

  • Agricultural work sites led the nation in un-intentional injury

  • Suicide rates were elevated

  • Children and the elderly at special risk

  • Excessive levels of respiratory disease

  • Elevated levels of mus-tal injury

The evidence was mounting


Historical perspective on i cash where we ve been and where we re going

  • A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.

    • Steve Metzger, N. D. adult farm business management instructor


And then came

  • Agriculture at Risk: A Report to the Nation

  • National legislative initiatives

  • Funding of the CDC-anchored Agricultural Health & Safety Initiative

and then came.


Historical perspective on i cash where we ve been and where we re going

  • Never be afraid to try something newremember amateurs built the ark of antiquity (Noahs) professionals built the Titanic!


Now we didn t all agree

  • There is no conversation more boring than the one where everyone agrees!

    • Michel deMontaigne

Now, we didnt all agree


Historical perspective on i cash where we ve been and where we re going

  • The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.

    • Abraham Lincoln


Historical perspective on i cash where we ve been and where we re going

  • Some NIOSH-funded initiatives failed in the 1990s

  • USDA scuttled all funding for state-level agricultural health and safety specialists in 2002

OOPS.


Historical perspective on i cash where we ve been and where we re going

  • You always pass failure on the way to success.

    • Mickey Rooney


Meanwhile

  • I-CASH flourished

  • Farm Safety 4 Just Kids launched

  • Kelley Donham and colleagues wrote the landmark text Agricultural Medicine.

  • The AgriSafe Network birthed

  • AgriWellness, Inc. launched

Meanwhile:


Nationally

  • Significant surveillance was launched

  • Targeted research of specific agricultural risks was conducted

  • New findings emerged

  • Social marketing approaches were tested (ROPS for example)

Nationally.


Now for the future

  • Have the heart to pursue when others quit!

  • Use what your colleagues have discovered.

Nowfor the future.


Our colleagues

  • Agricultural producers

  • Clinicians

  • Scientists

  • Agricultural media

  • Behaviorists

  • Engineers

Our Colleagues:


Historical perspective on i cash where we ve been and where we re going

  • Dont confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.

    -Erma Bombeck


Let i cash be

  • the Helen Keller of the agricultural health and safety world.

Let I-CASH be


Historical perspective on i cash where we ve been and where we re going

  • Visioning?

  • Convening?

  • Information commons?

  • Public policy clearing house?

  • Demonstration farms/ranches?

How?


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