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Farm Safety Team honored at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days

Madison, Wis. – Farm safety is an important issue for farm families. Each year dozens of individuals are injured working on Wisconsin Farms. Visitors to Wisconsin Farm Technology Days held in Barron County were able to learn from a variety of farm health and safety displays and interactive learning opportunities how to better protect themselves and their families from the hazards commonly found on farms.

The team that created these displays has been awarded the Donald R. Peterson Award recognizing the outstanding educational technology transfer display at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. This award was presented at the annual Wisconsin Farm Technology Days Board of Directors meeting on April 2 in Madison. Cheryl Skjolass accepted the award on behalf of the team. In addition to the recognition, the team will receive $1,000.

The team consisted of Cheryl Skjolass, UW Center for Agricultural Safety and Health; Jeff Nelson, Jenna Sanford, Brian Holmes, and Richard Straub, UW Biological Systems Engineering Department; and Mary Bauer, Eau Claire Regional OSHA Office.

The Donald R. Peterson Wisconsin Farm Technology (Progress) Days Technology Transfer Award was established in honor of Don Peterson, UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) emeritus Professor and Associate Dean. Peterson was long-time General Manager of Wisconsin Farm Progress Days.

The award recognizes outstanding educational effectiveness and impact via an interactive exhibit and activities at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. To win this award, groups or individuals must successfully engage audiences around topics such as: effectively using new management tools, processes, or concepts; incorporating new technologies into a modern farm operation; or issues that challenge contemporary agriculture and our natural resource base.

The Award memorializes Peterson's diligent efforts to encourage University of Wisconsin faculty and staff to convey the fruits of College research and knowledge to the public through Wisconsin Farm Technology Days.