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Introduction to Agricultural Chemical Safety

We use agricultural chemicals for many different purposes around the farm and in the field.  These chemicals may include pesticides, insecticide, rodenticides, cleaning solvents, and even medications.  Every chemical has the potential to be harmful to humans, but each varies significantly in the risk they present to us.  Proper handling procedures can reduce the risk […]

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Dermal Exposure to Chemicals

Exposure to your skin, or dermal exposure, is the most common way for chemicals to enter your body.  In the video “Dermal Exposure to Chemicals” (English & Spanish), UW-Extension Brown County Agriculture Educator Liz Binversie discusses how individuals can be exposed to chemicals, how the different areas of the body absorb chemicals at different rates, […]

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September/October Dairy Partner El Compañero Newsletter

The 2017 September/October Dairy Partner El Compañero Newsletter is now available online.  This month’s newsletter focuses on feeding safety and exposure to chemicals.    The Dairy Partner/El Compañero is a UW-Extension newsletter designed for dairy farm employees.  Written in both English and Spanish, the newsletter provides basic information about dairy cows, farm safety, and personal health to individuals who […]

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Building A Positive Work Culture

“Eighty percent of workers feel stress on the job, nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress, and 42% say their co-workers need such help” (1999 NIOSH Report).  Does your farm have a positive or negative work culture? UW-Extension Brown County Agriculture Agent Liz Binversie in the webinar Building a Positive […]

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Can Dairy Farms Compete for Labor?

We know that dairy farm wages have been climbing rapidly, more so than in most other industries. Depending on the different dairy budgets available, estimated hired labor costs for herds of 200 cows or more vary from $1.80 per cwt. (hundredweight) to $2.30 per cwt. That typically represents 10 to 15 percent of production costs. […]