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Agri 2024

Bryan Weichelt

Bryan Weichelt, Speaker at Agri Conferences
Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, United States
Title : AgInjuryNews in 2025: An Overview of Available Data, Collaborations, Usage, Outputs, and Potential

Abstract:

Purpose and Objective of presentation:
The United States does not have a centralized federal surveillance effort tracking all agricultural injuries and fatalities. This poses a significant challenge for researchers and safety professionals when forecasting and collecting statistics on agricultural injury and mortality data.
Methods / Efforts:
AgInjuryNews.org primarily utilizes news media reports to create a repository of agriculture, forestry, and fishing injury incidents. Three team members review case coding before each report is published for public use. The team also distributes a quarterly e-newsletter to 1600 subscribers, sharing news and updates related to agricultural safety and health.
Results / Findings:
The largest known dataset of its type in the world, it is used by researchers, insurance, media, and government data professionals, the dataset contains coded victim data, reporting agency, injury agent, event summary, and topics such as confined space and PPE use. It includes over 5,300 reports, 6,000 victims of all ages, and incidents from all 50 U.S. states and Canada.
Application to the Field / Implications of the Research:
Emerging as a collaborative hub, the output list includes more than 24 known peer-reviewed manuscripts since 2018, published in 10 different journals, with 30 co-authors from 18 different organizations. Since its inception, the system has had over 21,800 unique visitors and 285,000 page views from 149 countries.

Audience Take Away:
- AgInjuryNews system data details and availability
- Agricultural injury surveillance challenges in the U.S.
- Media monitoring strategies as sentinel agricultural injury surveillance
 

Biography:

Bryan Weichelt is an Associate Research Scientist within the National Farm Medicine Center of the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute. His research program focuses on efforts to improve the lives of farmers and farm families. Dr. Weichelt has been with the National Farm Medicine Center for 10 years, where among other projects he continues to lead the AgInjuryNews.org system – the world’s largest public-facing dataset of agricultural traumatic injury reports. He is nationally known in the field of agricultural health and safety, most recently being awarded the President’s Award from the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health and serving as the chair of the conference planning committee for the 2024 ISASH annual conference. He earned his master’s in information technology, as well as his MBA prior to completing a PhD in biomedical and health informatics.

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