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Oct. 21, 2010

I-CASH to celebrate anniversary at health, safety forum Nov. 17

To celebrate 20 years dedicated to making Iowa the world's healthiest and safest agricultural environment, Iowa's Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (I-CASH) is commemorating its 20th anniversary with a banquet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Hotel Vetro, 201 S. Linn St., Iowa City, Iowa.

Paul Gunderson, Ph.D., director of the Dakota Center for Technology-Optimized Agriculture, will deliver the keynote address titled "The Historical Perspective on I-CASH: Where We've Been and Where We're Going."

I-CASH is a partnership of the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Department of Public Health. The center's private entity partners include The AgriSafe Network, Farm Safety 4 Just Kids, AgriWellness and the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety.

"The combined efforts of I-CASH and its partners have delivered high-quality education and intervention programs to literally thousands of farm families and farm workers over the past two decades," said Kelley Donham, D.V.M., director of I-CASH and professor of occupational and environmental health in the UI College of Public Health. "These efforts -- likely combined with changes in farm demographics, farm practices and improved equipment -- have resulted in a decrease in annual agricultural deaths from 70 per 100,000 farms in 1992 to 30 per 100,000 farms in 2008."

I-CASH's anniversary banquet will be held in conjunction with the Midwest Rural and Agricultural Safety and Health forum, hosted by I-CASH and the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health.

The forum, which takes place Nov. 17-18 at the Hotel Vetro, provides state-of-the-art information on agricultural health and safety and promotes collaboration among researchers, health care professionals, agricultural producers and policy-makers.

The forum will connect researchers with practitioners to form a cooperative network to disseminate knowledge, implement interventions and create social and behavioral change. Topics include: chronic disease prevalence in rural populations, rural emergency medical service practices and challenges, injury prevention, behavioral health, occupational and community health and more.

I-CASH will host a silent auction at the anniversary banquet to raise money for agricultural safety and health programs. The center is currently seeking donations for the auction. Items do not have to be agriculture-related.

Schedule, registration and auction information are available online at: The deadline for early registration is Friday, Nov. 5. Registration for the banquet is $20; registration for the full forum is $125. Registration discounts are available for qualifying farmers and students.

For more information, contact Abby Harper at or 319-432-1530.

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications and External Relations, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Hannah Fletcher, 319-384-4277,; Abby Harper, or 319-432-1530