This annual award recognizes individuals or organizations in the public or private sector in Iowa who have made substantial or long-term contributions to the health and safety of Iowa’s agricultural community.
CRITERIA: All Iowans or organizations are eligible for the award. Nominees should have a substantial contribution to the improvement of agricultural safety and health through lifetime achievement or outstanding merit. Prevention, education, program evaluation, policy education, policy development, media, and organizational infrastructure are potential areas for consideration.
The recipient is requested to attend the awards presentation at the 2017 Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety & Health Conference in Pella, IA to be honored and receive a plaque and a $250 cash award.
2016 Hall of Fame Award Winner, Dan Neenan
Dan Neenan, director of the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), is the recipient of the 2016 I-CASH Hall of Fame. I-CASH created the Hall of Fame award in 2002 to recognize individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to agricultural safety and health in Iowa.
A trained first responder, Dan serves as a Paramedic Specialist, Fire-fighter II with the Epworth and Centralia/Peosta Iowa Fire Department and received an MBA from the University of Dubuque in 2012. He serves on the Iowa EMS and I-CASH advisory boards, chairs the Iowa Community College Fire Program Manager task force, is treasurer of the Dubuque County EMS Association, and has served on the Progressive Ag Foundation Board.
Dan has conducted numerous education programs on site at NECAS, across Iowa and the US. One of his most recent efforts has been related to grain safety, which has been supported by OSHA and other resources. He has built traveling confined space demonstrations related to both grain rescue and manure pits that have been extremely effective for training first responders, farmers, and employees about the hazards, prevention strategies, as well as the rescue methods in response to confined space incidents. Dan’s trainings not only exceed their objectives, they save lives. His grain rescue training has resulted in communities taking successful action when grain entrapment occurs.
He is passionate about his work and is an innovative educator. Dan is a regular lecturer at the University of Iowa’s courses in Agricultural Safety and Health and regularly hosts very successful farm safety days for youth at his center. His hard work, and collegial style and manner over several years have made him a worthy recipient of the 2016 I-CASH Hall of Fame Award.
- Nominators should prepare a brief letter explaining why the nominee is an excellent candidate for the award. Describe the level of success of the effort, how the target audience was affected, or the long-standing impact on agricultural health and safety.
- Optional supporting materials may include:
- additional letter(s) of recommendation from an individual familiar with the nominee’s agricultural safety and health work.
- Other appropriate documentation such as public statements of accomplishments including articles in newspapers, newsletters, or other printed media, and other evidence of public recognition of the nominee’s accomplishments.
Letter of nomination and supporting materials may be submitted to Brandi Janssen at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1, 2017. The judging panel will include a past Hall of Fame award recipient and 2-3 others knowledgeable in the area of agricultural safety and health issues in the state of Iowa.
Hall of Fame History
I-CASH created the Hall of Fame Award in 2002 to recognize individuals or organizations in the public or private sector that have made significant contributions to agricultural safety and health in Iowa. All Iowans are eligible for the award. Nominees should have contributed in a leadership role to agricultural safety and health issues through promotion and awareness in his / her area of expertise over a considerable length of time. Prevention, education, program evaluation, policy education, policy development, and organizational infrastructure are potential areas for outstanding merit.
The vision of I-CASH is to make Iowa the world’s healthiest and safest agricultural environment in which to live and work. More than one, or no award, may be made depending on qualifications of nominees in a particular year.