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Release: Oct. 7, 2002

I-CASH to host agricultural safety and health forum Nov. 13-14 in Little Amana

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) will host the Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Forum Nov. 13-14 at the Holiday Inn in Little Amana.

The meeting is for farm safety and environmental health experts, health care professionals, researchers, educators, policy makers, farmers and the public who are interested in improving the safety and health of farmers and farm families.

Forum participants will discuss developments in agricultural health and safety research, current health issues in agriculture, and the impacts of public policy on rural health and safety.

Specific topics will include: dust, gas and odor exposures; farm injury and fatality surveillance; chemicals, pesticides and biological hazards; farm machinery injuries; concentrated animal feeding operations and public health; antibiotic resistance; agro-terrorism; impact of farm commodity programs on rural communities; and agriculture, trade policy and public health.

James Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health, will deliver the welcome address Nov. 13. Mark Ritchie, president of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, George Naylor of the National Family Farm Coalition, and Craig Cox, executive director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, will speak on the impacts of public policy on agricultural health and safety.

The play, "American Dreamer – The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace," will be performed at the Holiday Inn in Little Amana following the conference at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. The play is free and open to the public.

Partial funding for the Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Forum has been provided by I-CASH, the Wellmark Foundation, the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health and the Midwest Agricultural Center. Co-sponsors for the meeting are the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety and the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety.

Continuing education credits are available. The registration deadline for the meeting is Oct. 31. For more information, contact Eileen Fisher at I-CASH at (319) 335-4224 or visit the I-CASH Web site at www.public-health.uiowa.edu/icash. Individuals may register online through the UI Center for Conferences and Institutes at www.uiowa.edu/~confinst.