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Training for Trainers (NEASHC)

Where farm safety specialists can network and learn from one another

The Northeast Ag Safety and Health Coalition (NEASHC) is a professional development and networking program for farm safety and health educators. Hailing from Maine to West Virginia and everywhere in between, members share cutting-edge as well as tried-and-true training methods. They exchange ideas, and they share their individual, specialized knowledge on specific topics. The group meets annually for demonstrations, brainstorming and hands-on trainings to deepen their understanding of a diversity of ag safety topics. NEASHC is coordinated by the Northeast Center in partnership with Penn State University.

Project Goals

Increase collaboration between states

Develop and maintain a directory of resources for members

Improve information sharing

Share news through a quarterly e-newsletter

Enhance teaching and demonstration methods

Expand membership

Member Highlights

Kate Brown

Rutgers Cooperative Extension Program Associate

Kate is stationed in Burlington County, one of the largest and most diverse agricultural counties in New Jersey. Kate assists with programming and outreach materials for commercial farmers, including farm safety and health information. While earning a master’s degree in Horticulture from Cornell University, she focused her research efforts on the development of alternative, in-row weed management strategies for organic apple production. As a NEASHC member, she lends her experience in developing educational tools and outreach materials for farmers.

Linda Fetzer

NEASHC Coordinator

Linda is an Extension Associate with Penn State Extension’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program and the NEASHC Coordinator. She has worked with the AgrAbility Project in Pennsylvania for over 20 years and is involved in eXtension’s Ag Safety Community of Practice, Safety in Agriculture for Youth Project. She provides educational program support for the Penn State Worker Protection Standard program, and, if you haven’t already gathered, is an all-around wonder.

Jana Davidson

Education Content Specialist, Progressive Agriculture Foundation

Jana is responsible for curriculum development for the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program, as well as public relations, and marketing. She received her bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management from Penn State and went on to earn a Master of Education specializing in Teaching & Curriculum.  Jana is an active member of the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH), is on the Ag Safety & Health Alliance board of directors and serves on the steering committee.

Coalition Member Directory


  • Richard Brzozowski, University of Maine, Maine AgrAbility Project Director
  • Leilani Carlson, University of Maine, Maine AgrAbility State Coordinator
  • Richard Kersebergen, University of Maine
  • Jason Lilley, University of Maine


  • Christine Johnston, University of Maryland


  • David Cawston

New Hampshire

  • George Hamilton, University of New Hampshire
  • Amy Papineau, University of New Hampshire
  • Jeremy Delisle, University of New Hampshire

New Jersey

  • Kate Brown, Rutgers University

New York

  • Pauline Boyer, Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety
  • Jim Carrabba, Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety
  • Christina Day, Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety
  • Maggie Hoff, Industrial Hygienist
  • John Huber, Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety
  • Anna Meyerhoff, Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety
Become a NEASHC Member


  • Stephen Brown, Penn State University
  • Linda Fetzer, Penn State University


  • Betty Getty, Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety
  • Liz Kenton, University of Vermont

West Virginia

  • Inetta Fluharty, West Virginia Agribility


  • Jana Davidson, Progressive Ag Foundation

NEASHC Demonstrations

Preventing Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome. Linda Fetzer of Penn State University demonstrates anti-vibration gloves designed for preventing trauma and injury when using pressurized tools and equipment.

Boots on the ground. NEASHC members spend a day touring and learning on a New York farm.

Learning from the pros. Blake Nguyen, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and lecturer at Cornell University’s Department of Animal Science, demonstrates best animal handling practices to NEASHC members at the 2020 annual meeting.