Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) is calling for nominations to recognize an individual in the public or private sector in Iowa who has made substantial and long-term contributions to the health and safety of Iowa's agricultural community. All Iowans are eligible for the award.
Nominees should have contributed in a leadership role to agricultural safety and health prevention through promotion or awareness in his/her area of expertise over a considerable length of time (five or more years). Prevention, education, program evaluation, policy education, policy development, and organizational infrastructure are potential areas for outstanding merit.
The recipient will receive a $100 cash prize and a plaque. Awardees are honored with their name and year of award on wall plaques at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Last year's award winner was Charles Schwab, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and an extension safety specialist at Iowa State University. Schwab has been a driving force behind farm safety and health education throughout Iowa for many years and teaches agricultural safety classes to future agricultural leaders. He is a nationally recognized authority on child and youth safety issues in agriculture. He produces weekly radio spots on farm safety that are sent to all radio stations in Iowa, and it is not uncommon to hear or see Schwab on local and regional television talking about issues pertinent to farm safety.
I-CASH is headquartered at the University of Iowa College of Public Health and is a joint venture of the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The I-CASH motto is, "Helping Farmers Stay Alive and Well."
Award entries must include both the nominator's and the nominee's contact information; a one- to two-page statement from the nominator explaining why the nominee is an excellent candidate for the award and describing relevant contributions by the nominee; and two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the nominee's agricultural safety and health work. In addition, nominators are encouraged to include documentation that attests to the nominee's efforts, such as newspaper articles, newsletters, or other printed media or evidence of public recognition.
The judging panel will be a group of health and agricultural leaders with expertise in agricultural safety and health issues particular to Iowa.
Nomination forms and additional award information are available online, or contact Eileen Fisher, associate director of I-CASH, at 319-335-4224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for nominations is August 1, 2005.
This article originally appeared on page 151 of the IC-494(19) -- July 18, 2005 issue.