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Release: June 18, 2002

NOTE TO EDITORS: This news release originally was distributed April 30. People still are welcome to send in nominations for the award described below. The deadline is July 1. Eileen Fisher, associate director of I-CASH, is available to talk about this new award program. She can be reached at (319) 335-4224.

I-Cash Accepting Entries For New Hall Of Fame Award

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) is accepting nominations for its new Agricultural Safety and Health Hall of Fame Award. This is the first year for the award, which is designed to recognize individuals and/or organizations in Iowa who have made substantial and long-term contributions to the health and safety of the state's agricultural community.

The nomination deadline is July 1. All Iowans or organizations in the public or private sector are eligible for the award. Those nominated should have contributed in a leadership role to agricultural safety and health prevention through promotion or awareness activities for five or more years. Areas of outstanding merit can include but are not limited to prevention, education, program evaluation, policy education, policy development and organizational infrastructures.

The recipient will receive a $100 cash award at a ceremony to be held during Farm Safety Week in September at the State Capitol.

"The state of Iowa has been blessed with many excellent individuals who have contributed significantly to the health and safety of the farm community. Iowa is recognized nationally as a leader in the field. It is time we recognize these outstanding individuals," said Kelley Donham, D.V.M., director of I-CASH and professor of occupational and environmental health in the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

I-CASH is headquartered at the college and is a joint venture of the UI, Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The I-CASH mission is to make Iowa the world's healthiest and safest agricultural environment in which to work and live.

Award entries must include: the nominator's and nominee's contact information; a one- to two-page statement from the nominator explaining why the nominee is an excellent candidate for the

award and describing relevant contributions by the nominee; and two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the nominee's agricultural safety and health work. In addition, nominators are encouraged to include documentation that attests to the nominee's efforts, such as newspaper articles, newsletters, or other printed media or evidence of public recognition.

The judging panel will be a diverse group of health and agricultural leaders with expertise in agricultural safety and health issues particular to Iowa.

Nomination forms and additional award information are available at www.public-health.uiowa.edu/ICASH/Hall_of_Fame_Award.html, or contact Eileen Fisher, Ph.D., associate director of I-CASH, at (319) 335-4224 or eileen-fisher@uiowa.edu.

To submit nomination entries, send materials to Fisher by e-mail at the address above or by fax at (319) 335-4225 or by standard mail: I-CASH Hall of Fame Award, Attn: Eileen Fisher, 100 Oakdale Campus #124 IREH, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-5000.