The National Farm Medicine Center was established in 1981 in response to occupational health problems seen in farm patients coming to Marshfield Clinic. The center continues to focus its research and outreach on rural populations. Current safety and health priorities include children, agritourism, beginning farmers and ranchers, and injury surveillance. Farm Center scientists and staff address these issues with special expertise in injury prevention, public health, bioinformatics, nursing, anthropology, education and communications.
Since 1997, the Farm Center has been home to the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, one of 11 agricultural centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Children’s Center strives to enhance public-private partnerships in order to improve childhood agricultural injury prevention. Nationwide, the rate of non-fatal injuries to children in agriculture has dropped by 60 percent since the National Children’s Center was established.
The Farm Center also houses the editorial offices of the Journal of Agromedicine: practice, policy and research. The Journal is the world’s No. 1 source of peer-reviewed agricultural safety and health literature.
The Farm Center leverages all these assets to help secure the success of every kind of farm.
“The National Farm Medicine Center will be a national resource, conducting high quality research, developing and delivering health and safety information, exploring innovative service models and effecting broad change to improve human health and safety associated with rural and agricultural work, life and environments.”