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Release: Nov. 20, 2002

UI outreach program examines concentrated animal feeding operations Dec. 4 in Ottumwa

The University of Iowa College of Public Health and the UI Alumni Association are co-sponsoring an educational outreach program, "Public Health Impacts of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)." The program, which is free of charge, will be presented Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Indian Hills Community College, Advanced Technology Center, Building 14, Quad Rooms, in Ottumwa. A reception with light refreshments will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the 5:30 to 7 p.m. program.

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

Donham served on the panel of researchers from the UI College of Public Health and the Iowa State University College of Agriculture who, at the request of Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, reviewed the public health and environmental concerns arising from CAFOs. The resulting joint report, "Iowa Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Air Quality Study," was published in
Feb. 2002. Donham is also the director of Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and 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 Indian Hills Community College and Ottumwa Regional Health Center. The statewide College of Public Health Educational Outreach Series is funded in part by a grant from the Principal Financial Group Foundation. More information about the educational outreach programs, including a schedule of upcoming events, can be found at