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Release: Oct. 7, 2002

UI to host program on concentrated animal feeding operations Oct. 16 in Marshalltown

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 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Best Western Regency Inn, 3303 South Center St., in Marshalltown.

Peter Thorne, Ph.D., UI professor of toxicology in the college's occupational and environmental health department, will present a summary of recent research on CAFOs, including occupational hazards, community health, environmental health, socioeconomic impacts and current status of policies. This program is presented as part of, and in partnership with, the Iowa Environmental Health Association's 2002 fall educational conference.

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.

Thorne served as co-chair of the UI–ISU study group that issued the February 2002 joint report, "Iowa Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Air Quality Study." Thorne is also the director of the UI Environmental Health Sciences Research Center, a multidisciplinary center focused on agricultural and rural environmental exposures and health effects.

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

The College of Public Health Educational Outreach Series is funded in part by a grant from the Principal Financial Group Foundation.