Friends of Bassett helps you focus your giving on specific areas of need through our capital campaigns. Past campaigns have assisted with building primary-care facilities in Delhi and Andes, creating the Bassett Heart Care Institute, and renovating the Bassett Birthing Center in Cooperstown.
Current campaigns include:
John May Farm Safety Fund
The John May Farm Safety Fund is a program of the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, or NYCAMH, which is part of Bassett Healthcare Network. Dr. John May, a pulmonologist at Bassett Medical Center, founded NYCAMH in the 1980s with Dr. David Pratt. Dr. May's pioneering work brought safety innovations and important research findings to farmers across the Northeast. The John May Farm Safety Fund was named in his honor, and it was started to help small and mid-sized farms address safety hazards.
|A tractor with safety rollover protective structure installed.
Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in the nation. The occupational fatality rate for agriculture is 700 percent higher than for other industries, according to the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety. Within five years after a farm accident, seven out of ten farms go out of business. Farmers work in a very high-risk environment, and so do their families, since farming is often a family business.
Many local farms operate with small margins and have little money for safety projects. This can make working there even more hazardous. That is why the John May Farm Safety Fund is so important.
Farms with a need for assistance can apply for funding, and if the application is approved, the farm will receive up to $5,000 in assistance to complete a safety project. Typical projects include fixing electrical fencing, repairing cracked bunker-silo walls, and installing safer animal-handling systems. The farm must provide an equal match to that funding in dollars or labor. When the project is completed, an inspection is performed at the farm by NYCAMH staff.
We all depend on farms for our food, and our farmers depend on us to help keep them safe and healthy. Please join us in supporting the efforts of NYCAMH by donating to the John May Farm Safety Fund today. Thank you!