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Release: Sept. 27, 2001

I-CASH fall meeting set for Nov. 8-9 in West Des Moines

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) will hold its annual fall meeting Nov. 8-9 at the West Des Moines Marriott, 1250 75th St., in West Des Moines.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Patty Judge will deliver the welcome address at the meeting Nov. 8.

Neil E. Harl, Ph.D., the Charles R. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture at Iowa State University, is the keynote speaker for the event. Harl's talk, "Federal Farm Policy and the Structural Transformation of Agriculture," will be at noon on Friday, Nov. 9.

The purpose of the I-CASH meeting is to share ideas among those in Iowa who work to improve the safety and health of farm populations. The meeting will include presentations on current agricultural health research and updates on the outreach activities of nonprofit organizations in Iowa who focus on farm safety and health.

Organizations represented at the meeting will include Farm Safety for Just Kids, Easter Seals FaRM Program, Proteus (Migrant Farm Worker Health Care), Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Women in Food and Agriculture, Practical Farmers, and the National Educational Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), among others. There also will be presentations about agricultural safety and health programs from the four state institutional agencies that form the core of I-CASH: the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

The registration deadline for the I-CASH fall meeting is Oct. 15. To register, call (319) 335-4438 or obtain a registration form online at www.public-health.uiowa.edu/icash/Fall2001Call.html.