Do news reports about farm injuries to children affect parents’ knowledge, attitude and behavior toward child safety on farms? 

The National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, part of the National Farm Medicine Center at Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, is recruiting farm parents to participate in a study assessing the effects of reading injury news articles. 

“Farm parents play a large role in their kids’ appreciation for agriculture, and they also make key decisions regarding their children’s health and safety,” said lead researcher Bryan Weichelt, Ph.D., a fifth-generation farmer, father, and military veteran, raised on a small central Wisconsin dairy farm. “The results of this project may guide future research and educational programs surrounding the communication of agricultural health and safety.” 

Parents will earn a total of $50 of the course of the study, and an additional $20 by completing a one-year follow-up. Eligible farm parents will fill out two online surveys and read four news articles overs a six-week period, answering a few questions along the way.


For information, visit https://marshfieldresearch.org/nccrahs/NewsReportStudy/SpNynV ore-mail burke.richard@marshfieldresearch.org.

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.