Where Are Occupational Health and Safety Professionals Needed Most?

Since June is celebrated as National Safety Month, we thought it would be interesting to consider safety in the context of the workforce. When we first think of occupations related to safety, we may consider workers such as law enforcement professionals, fire fighters, and EMTs—people whose job it is to respond to a specific and often anticipated threat.

More Trouble Ahead for Dairy Farmers?

June is national dairy month, but not all dairy farmers are milking it up. Dairy farms in the nation have declined every year over the past decade from 59,130 in 2007 to 40,219 in 2017 according to the USDA, and reports of struggling dairy farmers are more and more prevalent. Just over half of all dairy farms are in the Midwest, and these states have been hit the hardest over the past decade, suffering a 34.5% decline from 32,245 farms to 21,120 farms.

Economic Impact: Virginia receives a grant to create a Defense Department contract spending impact tool

Virginia’s dependence on defense contracts puts it in both an enviable and awkward position. It’s enviable because firms in the state received more revenue from defense contracts performed than any other state, except California, in the federal fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2017. It’s awkward because with 4.4 percent of Virginia’s gross domestic product dependent on defense contracts, the state’s economy can take a hit during defense downsizing — as it did in 2013. During that year, employment stalled in Virginia and grew only 0.7 percent, compared with 1.6 percent growth nationally.