Do you know the health risks of working with livestock during pregnancy?

Zoonotic Disease and Pregnancy: A Deeper Dive

Friday, July 1, 2022

12 PM – 1 PM CT 

Summary: Zoonotic Diseases are transmitted between farm animals and humans and can pose additional risks to those who are pregnant. According to the World Health Organization, more than half of all human pathogens are zoonotic and have represented nearly all emerging pathogens during the past decade. Farmers and farmworkers have higher levels of risk for contracting zoonotic diseases because of the frequency of their exposure to animals.

Prevention is the best defense. Understanding how the disease transmission process works, building a team, and effectively communicating within that team is essential in preventing the spread of zoonotic disease. Women working in agriculture should be aware of the following special considerations during pregnancy: which animals are common carriers of zoonotic disease, symptoms of the disease(s), prevention measures, and pregnancy risks.

Intended Audience…

  • Supervisor or Managers: This training is intended primarily for health and safety professionals including but not limited to owner/operators, safety officers or specialists, managers, supervisors, safety coordinators, health safety and environmental interns, and any person or persons who serve as safety personnel in an agricultural setting.
  • Producers: This training is intended primarily for agricultural producers including but not limited to farmers, ranchers, and any person or persons involved in some combination of raising field crops, orchards, vineyards, horticulture, or other livestock.

This material was produced under grant number SH-05068-SH8 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Revisions were made to this material under grant number SH-36995-HA1 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.

Registration Now Open for 2022 East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference

We’re back! The East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference will be Friday, March 25, 2022 from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. This year we will be hosted at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum near Carrollton, Ohio. And we’d love to see you there!

This one-day conference is a great place to learn, share, and network.  Be surrounded by other women who are facing the same day-to-day ups, downs, adventures, and dilemmas as you.

This year’s conference features 16 break-out sessions within four themes: Natural Resources, Plants & Animals, Home & Family, and Special Interest.

Conference is $55 for Adults and $30 for Students. Registration Deadline is March 11. For more information call 330-264-8722.

Register online at Please help us spread the word!

We want to hear from women raising children on farms

Female farmer with childrenWomen raising children on farms in Ohio, Vermont, and Wisconsin wanted! Researchers are looking for women primary caregivers of children under 18 to participate in an on-line small group discussion and a short survey about how they are juggle children and work. $50 is available as a thank you for your time. For more information call: 715-389-9379 or email:

Researchers at the National Farm Medicine Center and The Ohio State University are looking for women who are raising children 0 to 18 on farms to participate in a small group discussion and a short survey. This small group discussion with other women raising children on farms will be about the strategies that you use to take care of the children and how decisions connected to the children intersect with decisions connected to the farm business, farm safety, and quality of life. The small group discussions will take place in February through Zoom (with the option to call in by phone). The discussion will last 90 minutes.


Join the East Ohio Women in Agriculture Program for a July 14 Field Day in Stark County

The East Ohio Women in Agriculture Program Series will partner with OSU Extension’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program and Mahindra of Massillon to offer a field day on Wednesday, July 14 targeted to local farm women.  The focus of this field day is safety and building hands-on tractor operation skills for registered participants.  The event will take place at Mahindra of Massillon located at 4025 Erie Street South, Massillon, OH 44646, beginning with a meal and networking session at 5:30pm followed by the educational program starting at 6pm.  The program will feature a variety of educational stations designed to allow participants to gain experience with a hands-on activity, via a demonstration, or a knowledge station to sharpen their safety and tractor operator skills.  Cost for the program is $15 and includes a meal and resource packet.  Registration and payment can be made on-line by visiting or by contacting Heather Neikirk at the Stark County OSU Extension Office at 234-348-6145.

East Ohio Women in Agriculture programs are designed to meet the needs of women and young women who are interested or involved in agriculture, food, natural resources or small business.  The team welcomes participation in the field day from anyone who is interested in the topic.  CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis.  For more information visit