North American ag safety summit announces speakers

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The 2013 North American Agricultural Safety Summit (Sept. 25-27 at the Marriott Minneapolis City Center Hotel in Minneapolis, Minn.) will use non-traditional sessions to match safety interventions with production practices and emerging safety issues.

Committed speakers include Carl Casale, president and CEO of CHS Inc., the nation’s largest farmer-owned cooperative and a Fortune 100 company, as well as Dr. John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack is among invited speakers.

“If our agriculture industry is going to feed 9 billion people, the projected world population by 2050, then we should care enough to do it safely, humanely and sustainably,” said William Nelson, Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA) Chair, and VP of Corporate Citizenship for CHS, Inc.

The Summit, hosted by ASHCA, will build upon sessions that bundle global thinking with hands-on learning and networking. These innovative opportunities to interact with industry leaders and safety experts will include learning stations, genius bars and real-time social media.

Registration opens January 2013. Sponsor opportunities are available. Go to

Free online: How can agriculture become safer and remain sustainable? Four ASHCA members address these questions in the Journal of Agromedicine. To read the editorial for free, go to

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