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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 3, 2005

Free Registration For Farmers Attending Ag Safety And Health Forum

A limited number of free registrations are available for farmers interested in attending the Midwest Rural and Agricultural Safety and Health Forum Oct. 27-28 at the Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston, Iowa.

Free registrations, which also include a $75 stipend, are available for farmers to attend one or both days of the forum. The free registration and stipend are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Conference registration materials are available online through the University of Iowa Center for Conferences and Institutes at Farmers should call 319-335-4141 to request the stipend.

The forum, "Bridge Building...Research to Practice," will provide updated information on agricultural and rural safety and health to build and strengthen collaborative efforts between researchers, practitioners, agricultural producers and medical professionals.

John Howard, M.D., director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the U.S. Department of Health of Human Services, will give the keynote address, "Occupational Safety and Health Challenges for the 21st Century," on Thursday, Oct. 27.

Paul James, M.D., professor and head of the UI Department of Family Medicine, will present "Creating Opportunities for Health in Rural Communities through Collaboration" on Friday, Oct. 28.

Friday's agenda also will feature a panel session titled, "Listening to the Farmer's Viewpoint," with agricultural producers from the Midwest.

The event is co-sponsored by Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health and the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,; Program: Eileen Fisher, 319-335-4224,