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Resources by Topic: Farmers and farmworkers

COVID-19 in Rural America: Impact on Farms & Agricultural Workers
Fact sheet highlights the impact of COVID-19 on American farms, farmworkers, and rural areas broadly. Details information about protective equipment, housing, and unemployment benefits, among other factors.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Farmworker Health
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An Analysis of Suicide Risk Factors among Farmers in the Midwestern United States
Study examining psychological, social, and contextual risk factors for suicide among farmers. Draws data from 600 surveys of agricultural producers in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and South Dakota. Discusses rates of depression, anxiety, farming-specific stressors, social support, and coping strategies.
Author(s): Andrea Bjornestad, Courtney Cuthbertson, Jessie Hendricks
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(7), 3563
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
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Extreme Weather Events - Perspectives & Safety Impacts in Agriculture
Highlights the experiences of agricultural workers and employers on the effect of extreme weather on the health and wellness of agricultural workers. Discusses the challenges and precautions of working in extreme heat, dust, and wildfires, among other elements.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
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Addressing Higher Risk of Suicide Among Farmers in Rural America
Policy brief highlighting factors contributing to the higher risk of suicide among farmers, including financial pressures, social pressures, and access to care. Offers policy recommendations to promote and improve farmers' mental health.
Author(s): Rosalie Eisenreich, Carolyn Pollari
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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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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Impacts of COVID-19 on Rural Mental Health
Presentation slides from an American Farm Bureau Federation poll of 2,000 rural adults in December 2020, comparing results to a similar April 2019 poll. Addresses perceived importance of mental health, issues of stigma, impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health, barriers to care, and other mental health topics. Tracks response trends between 2019 and 2020, highlighting consistent aspects of the survey and changes in impressions and experiences.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: American Farm Bureau Federation
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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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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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