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News by Topic: Farmers and farmworkers

Jul 15, 2024 - Announces new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency policy for assessing the risk of pesticide drift and associated health risks for farmworkers and the general public. Notes that the new policy will require pesticide drift analysis to be conducted during the initial product registration process, rather than only during registration review.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Jul 10, 2024 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) will hold a public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers (ACMF) on July 23-25, 2024. Among other things, the ACMF will consider USDA programs and policies and their impacts on minority farmers and recommend action-oriented strategies that maximize the participation of minority farmers in USDA programs and services. Meeting materials will be available on the ACMF website. Pre-registration is requested.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 2, 2024 - Discusses a program implemented by a rural FQHC in Colorado to prevent suicides among farmers and ranchers in the community. Details the evolution of "The Coffee Break Project" to include a brick and mortar drop-in location and community member training.
Source: National Association of Community Health Centers
Jun 25, 2024 - Outlines new bird flu resources from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, including a hotline available in English, Spanish, and Haitian-Creole. Notes that two cases of bird flu have been confirmed in Michigan dairy workers this year.
Source: Michigan Advance
Jun 19, 2024 - Highlights a new campaign to reduce injuries occurred while cutting grass, with particular focus on youth working on farms. Notes previous campaigns related to youth on farm equipment. Offers recommendations for safely operating lawn mower equipment for youth.
Source: Marshfield Clinic Research Institute
May 31, 2024 - Details federal efforts to respond to the H5N1 outbreak in dairy cattle and mitigate risks to farmworkers. Highlights initiatives related to PPE distribution, safety guidance, treatment, education, and testing.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
May 30, 2024 - Discusses the increased risk of H5N1, also known as avian flu or bird flu, for farmworkers. Notes the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) and farmworker education on appropriate use of PPE.
Source: The Associated Press
May 29, 2024 - Features the perspective of a psychologist on the factors contributing to mental health issues among farmers. Discusses barriers to care, best practices for providers, and essential resources for support.
Source: Sanford Health