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CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8037; fax (319) 335-8034
e-mail: david-pedersen@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

I-CASH offers grants for community-based farm safety projects

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) is offering financial support to communities interested in developing and implementing farm youth safety and health projects in Iowa.

Two grants, up to $2,500 each, will be awarded. One grant will be given for a project focusing on preventing children's exposures to farm chemicals. The other grant is for a project that promotes child care activities related to the prevention of youth injuries on the farm.

I-CASH is a partnership between the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Its mission is to establish programs and provide funding for projects that improve the health and safety of farm families, farm workers and the agricultural community.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 14. Projects should be implemented by May 1. For more information or an application, write to Judy Thirtyacre, Institute for Rural and Environmental Health, The University of Iowa, 100 Oakdale Campus - 124 AMRF, Iowa City, IA 52242-5000, or call (319) 335-4415.

12/29/96