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Sept. 21, 2006

Midwest Rural And Agricultural Safety And Health Forum Is Nov. 16

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) and the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health at the University of Iowa will co-sponsor the Midwest Rural and Agricultural Safety and Health Forum Nov. 16 at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Coralville.

The theme of the conference is "Moving Ideas to Action." Forrest W. Calico, senior advisor on quality for the National Rural Health Association, will give the keynote address titled, "Collaboration: The Future of Rural Health and Safety." Susan L. Roberts, director of the Food and Society Policy Fellows Program at the Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute, will present "How the Farm Bill Affects Your Health."

The forum will include 12 one-hour, skills-building workshops for participants to choose from, with topics on research collaboration, tools for implementing interventions and risk management on the farm. A featured focus of the conference will be presentations to assist farm families in farm risk management and avian flu, and tips for farm families in choosing a health insurance policy. Two of the workshops will feature community-based participatory research projects.

Farmers are encouraged to attend the forum. A limited number of free registrations and $50 stipends are available to farmers on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For more information, contact Eileen Fisher at 319-335-4224 or visit Registration is available online through the UI Center for Conferences and Institutes at

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health was established to enhance the health and safety of Iowa's agricultural community by establishing and coordinating prevention and education programs. The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health is a comprehensive facility to study and respond to the health and safety issues associated with the practice of agriculture.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, PROGRAM CONTACT: Eileen Fisher, 319-335-4224,