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Release: May 20, 2002

UI to host program on concentrated animal feeding operations June 5

The University of Iowa College of Public Health and the UI Alumni Association are co-sponsoring the educational outreach program, "Public Health Impacts of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)." The program, which is free of charge, will be presented Wednesday, June 5, at North Iowa Area Community College Muse-Norris Conference Center, Room 180D, 500 College Drive, in Mason City. A reception with light refreshments will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the 5:30 to 7 p.m. program.

Kelley J. Donham, D.V.M., UI College of Public Health professor of occupational and environmental health, will present a summary of recent research on CAFOs, including occupational hazards, community health, environmental health, socioeconomic impacts and current status of policies.

In June 2001, Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack asked the presidents of the UI and Iowa State University to assist the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Environmental Protection Commission with addressing public health and environmental concerns arising from air emissions from CAFOs. With the concurrence of both presidents, IDNR Director Jeffrey Vonk charged the UI College of Public Health and ISU College of Agriculture to recommend standards for air quality and address other issues regarding CAFOs.

Donham served as a member of the UI–ISU study group that issued the February 2002 joint report, "Iowa Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Air Quality Study." Donham is also the director of Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health and deputy director of the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health.

Due to limited seating, those planning to attend the program are asked to register in advance by contacting Jasmine Grassi at (319) 335-9829 or by e-mail at

This program has been planned in cooperation with Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health and North Iowa Area Community College. It is the fifth event in the statewide 2001-2002 UI College of Public Health Educational Outreach Series, which is funded in part by a grant from the Principal Financial Group Foundation.