CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Oct. 7, 2002
I-CASH to host agricultural safety and health forum Nov. 13-14 in Little
Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) will host the
Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Forum Nov. 13-14 at the Holiday Inn
in Little Amana.
The meeting is for farm safety and environmental health experts, health care
professionals, researchers, educators, policy makers, farmers and the public
who are interested in improving the safety and health of farmers and farm
Forum participants will discuss developments in agricultural health and safety
research, current health issues in agriculture, and the impacts of public
policy on rural health and safety.
Specific topics will include: dust, gas and odor exposures; farm injury and
fatality surveillance; chemicals, pesticides and biological hazards; farm
machinery injuries; concentrated animal feeding operations and public health;
antibiotic resistance; agro-terrorism; impact of farm commodity programs on
rural communities; and agriculture, trade policy and public health.
James Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the University of Iowa College of
Public Health, will deliver the welcome address Nov. 13. Mark Ritchie, president
of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, George Naylor of the National
Family Farm Coalition, and Craig Cox, executive director of the Soil and Water
Conservation Society, will speak on the impacts of public policy on agricultural
health and safety.
The play, "American Dreamer The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace,"
will be performed at the Holiday Inn in Little Amana following the conference
at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. The play is free and open to the public.
Partial funding for the Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Forum has
been provided by I-CASH, the Wellmark Foundation, the Great Plains Center
for Agricultural Health and the Midwest Agricultural Center. Co-sponsors for
the meeting are the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health
and Safety and the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health
Continuing education credits are available. The registration deadline for
the meeting is Oct. 31. For more information, contact Eileen Fisher at I-CASH
at (319) 335-4224 or visit the I-CASH Web site at www.public-health.uiowa.edu/icash.
Individuals may register online through the UI Center for Conferences and
Institutes at www.uiowa.edu/~confinst.