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Early Agricultural Health and Safety Work
For the first three decades, the program thrived under the leadership of Professor F.R. (Dick) Willsey who was recognized as a premier example of the traditional Extension education specialist. He traveled extensively promoting farm safety wherever he could gain an audience.
Professor F. R. (Dick) Willsey.
Professor Willsey and other members of the Purdue staff were also involved with attempting to better understand the nature of agricultural injuries through ongoing applied research. The results of this research were used primarily for designing injury prevention programs and public awareness efforts. Early studies involved investigations of injuries associated with tractors, cornpickers, and other agricultural equipment and rural home-related injuries. The following is a partial listing of several of the early externally sponsored research projects conducted at Purdue.
In 1977, William E. (Bill) Field replaced Professor Willsey who had retired the previous year.
Building on the work started by Professor Willsey, Professor Field became heavily involved in coordinating and promoting local agricultural safety activities throughout the state. He sought to involve as many groups as possible in program efforts including Farm Bureau, 4-H, FFA, Extension Homemakers, insurance companies, implement dealers, and community organizations.
Professor W. E. (Bill) Field
During the past three decades, under the leadership of Professor Field, Purdue's Agricultural Safety and Health Program has gained additional national and international recognition. Professor Field has developed both undergraduate classes and graduate programs that have exposed thousands of students to the field of agricultural safety and health. His coordination of graduate level research has resulted in the awarding of 35 graduate degrees in the field and dozens of research reports and published works that have contributed substantially to the literature available.
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