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Resources by Topic: Agricultural health and safety

Understanding Challenges to Well-Being among Latina FarmWorkers in Rural Idaho Using in an Interdisciplinary, Mixed-Methods Approach
Identifies social, cultural, and workplace-related risk factors impacting well-being in the public and private spheres of 70 female farmworkers in southwestern Idaho. Focuses on 6 themes specific to rural geography and farmworker populations, including long working hours, pesticide exposure, lack of enforcement of regulatory protections, food security, childcare responsibilities, and social isolation.
Author(s): Cynthia L. Curl, Lisa Meierotto, Rebecca L. Som Castellano
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(1), 169
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
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Lessons from the Fields: Farmworker Communities Confronting COVID-19
Describes the impact of COVID-19 on farmworker communities. Discusses barriers to preventive measures and healthcare, including lack of workplace prevention measures, testing and vaccines, and inadequate access to accurate and culturally appropriate information. Highlights cross-sector partnerships and best practices to support workers and their families during the pandemic.
Date: 2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Farmworker Justice Fund, Inc.
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COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Protections for Agricultural Workers
Details the sick leave protections outlined in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and how they apply to farmworkers. Breaks down the policy by reason for being unable to work, who the policy applies to, length of protection, and pay. Also, highlights state-level sick leave protection policies in prominent farmworker states.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Farmworker Justice Fund, Inc.
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Rural Registered Nurses: Stories of Caring for Their Communities
Features five rural registered nurses from across the country describing their path to nursing, their accomplishments, and how they provide healthcare in their rural communities.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Safety Guidelines for Youth Operating Farm Equipment
Report highlights safety measures for youth ages 15-17 operating farm equipment. Details information on farm equipment hazards and risks for young workers, as well as federal and state regulations. Presents guidelines for the safe use of various forms of farm equipment by young workers.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
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Coronavirus Pandemic Highlights Critical Gaps in Rural Internet Access for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers: A Call for Partnership with Medical Libraries
Highlights the challenges of reaching migrant and seasonal farmworkers with public health information during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discuses migrants' lack of broadband internet as an inhibitor to migrants' ability to access both healthcare and public health information.
Author(s): Joseph G. L. Lee, Catherine E. LePrevost, Emery L. Harwell, et al.
Citation: Journal of the Medical Library Association, 108(4), 651-655
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
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2018 Wisconsin Farm Related Fatalities
Report details the farm fatalities in Wisconsin in 2018. Presents data on the injuries that caused the fatalities, the counties the fatalities occurred in, and the age and occupation of the victims.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Farm Medicine Center, University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension
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A Look at Workplace Safety in Agriculture
Data brief illustrates workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting jobs in 2018. Breaks down data by event or exposure, such as falls, slips, trips, contact with objects and equipment, and exposure to harmful substances or environments, among others.
Citation: The Economics Daily
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Dicamba Use and Cancer Incidence in the Agricultural Health Study: An Updated Analysis
Highlights a study on the connection between colon and lung cancers in farmers and farmworkers and use of the herbicide dicamba. Draws data from the Agricultural Health Study and breaks it down by age, crops/animals produced, and other pesticides used, among other measures.
Author(s): Catherine C Lerro, Jonathan N Hofmann, Gabriella Andreotti, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Epidemiology, 49(4), 1326-1337
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
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Mental Health in Rural America
Discusses mental health issues among farmers and ranchers. Highlights some of the stressors for farmers and farm families, as well as strategies and resources to help cope with farm-related stress.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: American Farm Bureau
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