There are several agricultural safety groups around the country, but one main one focuses on safety, health and agronomics for agricultural retailer operations. That organization is the National Agronomic Environmental Health and Safety School (NAEHSS).

Its annual school will be held in conjunction with the 2011 Midwest Ag Industries Exposition (MAGIE) in Bloomington, Ill. The school will be August 23 and 24 at the Bloomington Doubletree Hotel. Registration is available at

This week another safety group moved away from being identified with farm safety into safety for all agricultural operations, which could cause some confusion in the future especially in Web searches. The National Institute for Farm Safety has changed its name to the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH).

The new ISASH explained it changed its name because of growth in international membership, and increase in the number of members involved in health and agromedicine and a desire to replace farm with the more encompassing agricultural. The organization has a new tagline, too: “Protecting People in Agriculture.”

ISASH will be holding its first national meeting under its new name, June 26-30, in Boise, Idaho. The theme is, “Strengthening Partnerships across Multiple Disciplines.” Details are at the new Web site of It touts having 200 members that include engineers, educators, insurers, physicians, nurses, veterinarians, statisticians, communicators, business leaders and others who contribute to a safer and healthier agricultural work place.

AgSafe is another safety organization with an extensive schedule of training programs in the state of California. That state’s agriculture regulatory system is quite a bit different than most other states with true corporate farming and family farmers hiring considerable labor.

Recently AgSafe conducted tractor operations safety schools. The Ag Labor and Employment Summit was held May 18 at Harris Ranch, Coalinga. AgSafe will conduct California Agricultural Safety Certificate Programs across the state during the month of June. Most AgSafe programs are taught in both English and Spanish.