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Rural Agricultural Health and Safety Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Agricultural Health and Safety.

Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2017
Provides standardized guidelines for public health officials, veterinarians, animal venue operators and exhibitors, farmers, visitors, and those concerned with minimizing health risks from contact with animals. Describes risks from infections such as enteric diseases, rabies, influenza, and others.
Author(s): Russell F. Daly, Jennifer House, Danielle Stanek, Mary Grace Stobierski
Location: Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association, 251(11), 1268-1292
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians Animal Contact Compendium Committee
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Agricultural Health and Safety Rural Health Chat
Summary of an August 2017 Twitter chat focused on agricultural health and safety. Documents a conversation among rural health experts addressing a range of topics, including health and safety risks related to agriculture and ranching, the role of the rural healthcare system and emergency responders, resources to address ag health and safety concerns, and innovative solutions.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Health Insurance is Key to Farm & Ranch Economic Viability - 2017 National Farmer and Rancher Survey Findings
Details the results of a national farmer and rancher survey regarding health insurance coverage and its importance to health of agricultural workers and their families. Discusses the impact of health insurance coverage and cost on the agricultural economy.
Author(s): Shoshanah Inwood, Alana Knudson, Katlyn Morris, et al.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HIREDnAg
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Childhood Agricultural Injuries in the U.S.
A fact sheet providing childhood agricultural injuries data and trends in the U.S. Includes a list of organizations that offer injury prevention strategies and resources.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
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Heat Strain, Volume Depletion and Kidney Function in California Agricultural Workers
Presents a study of agricultural workers in California on the long-term health outcomes of working while being continually exposed to high temperatures. Discusses the complications that stem from repeated heat strain and volume depletion, such as acute kidney injury (AKI). Breaks down data by laborers country of origin, gender, and history of kidney disease, among other factors.
Author(s): Sally Moyce, Diane Mitchell, Tracey Armitage, et al.
Location: Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 74, 402-409
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
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Use of Dieselized Farm Equipment and Incident Lung Cancer: Findings from the Agricultural Health Study Cohort
Discusses a study on the correlation between lung cancer and exposure to diesel exhaust in agricultural environments. Breaks down data by diesel and gasoline exhaust, length of exposure, and looks at the rates of cancer of both farmers and their spouses. Data based on questionnaires returned in 1993-1997 and draws from cancer registries up to 2011.
Author(s): Séverine Tual, Debra T. Silverman, Stella Koutros, et al.
Location: Environmental Health Perspectives, 124(5), 611-618
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
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Heat Illness Among North Carolina Latino Farmworkers
An analysis describing the prevalence of heat illness and other factors associated with heat illness resulting from a survey of North Carolina Latino male farmworkers.
Author(s): Thomas A. Arcury, Phillip Summers, Jennifer W. Talton, et al.
Location: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 57(12), 1299-1304
Date: 12/2015
Type: Document
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Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors Among Latino Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers
Reports on a study using a cross-sectional survey and clinical laboratory data to investigate the potential differences in cardiovascular disease risk factors by sex, and migrant or seasonal farmworker status among Latino farmworkers in the Midwest.
Author(s): Sheila F. Castañeda, René P. Rosenbaum, Jessica T. Holscher, et al.
Location: Journal of Agromedicine, 20(2), 95-104
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
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Farm Work-Related Asthma Among US Primary Farm Operators
Estimates the prevalence of asthma and the proportion of asthma related to farm work performed by primary farm operators using National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 2011 Farm and Ranch Safety Survey data.
Author(s): Jacek M. Mazurek, Gretchen E. White, Chad Rodman, et al.
Location: Journal of Agromedicine, 20(1) 31-42
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
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Longitudinal Assessment of Blood Cholinesterase Activities Over 2 Consecutive Years Among Latino Nonfarmworkers and Pesticide-Exposed Farmworkers in North Carolina
A pesticide exposure study comparing the total cholinesterase, butyrylcholinesterase, and acetylcholinesterase of blood samples taken from Latino male farmworkers and Latino male workers with no agricultural pesticide exposure. Compares the differences between farmworkers and non-farmworkers probability of cholinesterase depression.
Author(s): Sara Quandt, Carey Pope, Haiying, Chen, et al.
Location: Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 57(8), 851-857
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
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Regional PM2.5 and Asthma Morbidity in An Agricultural Community: A Panel Study
Examines the relationship between the extent of pediatric asthma in patients and the concentrations of particulate matter in an agricultural community within the Yakima Valley, Washington State.
Author(s): Christine Loftus, Michael Yost, Paul Sampson, et al.
Location: Environmental Research, 136, 505-512
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
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Worker Illness Related to Newly Marketed Pesticides - Douglas County, Washington, 2014
Reports on the occupational hazards in agriculture regarding the use of pesticides recently marketed and the lack of worker notification about their use in Douglas County, Washington.
Location: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 64(2), 42-44
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
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A Pilot Study of Gait Function in Farmworkers in Eastern North Carolina
The results of a pilot study in North Carolina to identify and determine the usefulness of quantitative gait measures in Latino farmworkers, and to investigate differences in gait between farmworkers and non-farmworkers. Results of this study may be helpful in identifying individuals at risk for falling, and in developing interventions to prevent falling.
Author(s): Ha T. Nguyen, Stephen B. Kritchevsky, Judy L. Foxworth, et al.
Location: Journal of Agromedicine, 20(4), 427-433
Date: 2015
Type: Document
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Characteristics of Farm Equipment-Related Crashes Involving Youth Occupants
Identifies the factors and data associated with injuries and fatalities in nine Midwestern states that occurred while children and adolescents operated farm equipment.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health
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Findings from the National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS) 2000-2009: Profiles of Youth, Parents, and Children of Farm Workers in the United States
Examines the demographic and employment characteristics of youth crop workers, dependent children of crop workers, and farmworker parents. Focuses on the potential for pesticide exposure. Based on data collected between October 1, 1999 and September 20, 2009 through face-to-face interviews with 26,347 crop workers.
Author(s): Susan Gabbard, Annie Georges, Trish Hernandez, Carmen Sum, Daniel Carroll
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Risk and Insecticide, Fungicide and Fumigant Use in the Agricultural Health Study
Reports on a study to determine any linkage between the agricultural use of specific pesticides and the occurrence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and multiple myeloma (MM) on agricultural workers in Iowa and North Carolina.
Author(s): Michael C. R. Alavanja, Jonathan N. Hofmann, Charles F. Lynch, et al.
Location: PLOS ONE, 9(10)
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
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Pesticide Exposure and Depression Among Male Private Pesticide Applicators in the Agricultural Health Study
An analysis of pesticide exposure data among male pesticide applicators and its association with depression.
Author(s): John D. Beard, David M. Umbach, Jane A. Hoppin, et al.
Location: Environmental Health Perspectives, 122(9), 984–991
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
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Pesticide Use and Incident Diabetes Among Wives of Farmers in the Agricultural Health Study
Examines the relation between the use of certain pesticides by female farmworkers and the increased incidence of diabetes during a 10-year period.
Author(s): Anne P. Starling, David M. Umbach, Freya Kamel, et al.
Location: Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 71(6), 629-635
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
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Occupational Risks and Pregnancy and Infant Health Outcomes in Florida Farmworkers
Presents the results of a cross-sectional survey of a sample of female farmworkers in Central Florida used to gather information about the workplace conditions and behaviors, and maternal, pregnancy and infant health outcomes.
Author(s): Jennifer Runkle, Joan Flocks, Jeannie Economos, J. Antonio Tovar-Aguilar, Linda McCauley
Location: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11(8), 7820–7840
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
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Assessing Hmong Farmers' Safety and Health
Reports results of a pilot project examining agricultural-related safety and health concerns and challenges faced by Hmong refugees working on family-operated farms.
Author(s): A. B. de Castro, Jennifer Krenz, Richard L. Neitzel,
Location: Workplace Health & Safety, 62(5), 178-185
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
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Concentrations of the Urinary Pyrethroid Metabolite 3-Phenoxybenzoic Acid in Farm Worker Families in the MICASA Study
Reports on a study of mothers and children within the Mexican immigrant population of California farm working families who are exposed to pyrethroid pesticides.
Author(s): Kelly J. Trunnelle, Deborah H. Bennett, Ki Chang Ahn, et al.
Location: Environmental Research, 131, 153-159
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
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Safety and Health Hazard Observations in Hmong Farming Operations
Discusses the results of a study using an observation-based methodology for assessing the occupational health and safety hazards found in small-scale Hmong agricultural operations. Study also established the usefulness of using standardized assessment tools to evaluate farm safety and health hazards.
Author(s): R. L. Neitzel, J. Krenz, MS, A. B. de Castro
Location: Journal of Agromedicine, 19(2), 130-149
Date: 2014
Type: Document
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Pesticide Exposure and Self-Reported Incident Depression Among Wives in the Agricultural Health Study
An analysis of pesticide exposure data among farmers’ wives and its association with depression.
Author(s): John D. Beard, Jane A. Hoppin, Marie Richards, et al.
Location: Environmental Research, 126, 31-42
Date: 10/2013
Type: Document
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Injuries to Farm Children Decrease Overall: However, Injury Rates Rise for Young, Non-Working Children
Presents preliminary data from the 2012 Childhood Agricultural Injury Survey (CAIS).
Location: Nurture, 16(2), 1-2
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
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Exposed and Ignored: How Pesticides are Endangering Our Nation’s Farmworkers
Provides an overview of the dangers confronting farmworkers and their families in the U.S. from the use of pesticides and pesticide exposures.
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Farmworker Justice Fund, Inc.
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Blueprint for Protecting Children in Agriculture: The 2012 National Action Plan
Discusses preventing childhood agricultural injury and death. The Blueprint endeavor builds upon the 1996 plan that launched a national initiative leading to a reduction in nonfatal injuries among children who live on, visit, and work on farms. Mentions rural throughout.
Author(s): BC Lee, SS Gallagher, AK Liebman, et al.
Date: 05/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
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Migratory & Seasonal Farmworker Population Estimates
Two interactive maps that display USDA’s Census of Agriculture 2012 estimates of the number of crop and animal production workers by county. Estimates also include, for most of the counties, the number of child dependents and spouses not involved with farmwork, complied from the Department of Labor’s National Agricultural Workers Survey.
Date: 2012
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Farmworker Health
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AgrAbility: Cultivating Success in Agriculture, Employment, and Rural Life for People with Disabilities and their Families, 1991 to 2011 and Beyond
Highlights AgrAbility's 20 year history of service and the program's impact in direct services, education, networking, and other areas. Contains a variety of client success stories.
Date: 09/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National AgrAbility Project
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Safety Guidelines for Hired Adolescent Farm Workers
Provides resources addressing specific work tasks to be used by crew leaders and other supervisors in the field when training adolescent farmworkers.
Date: 2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
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Cleanup after Flooding
Presents an infographic on post-flood hazards in agricultural environments. Summarizes risk factors, tips for prevention, and offers fact sheets for further reading on farm hazards, as well as additional resources.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: AgriSafe Network
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Musculoskeletal Symptoms Among Farmers
Presents a study analyzing musculoskeletal pain in farmers in 9 different Midwestern states through surveys and direct measurements taken every 6 months from 2012 to 2015. Discusses physical measurements taken to record muscle activity and Whole Body Vibration exposure while operating 112 agricultural vehicles.
Author(s): Nathan Fethke, Fred Gerr, Joe Cavanaugh, et al.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health
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AgriSafe OnDemand Webinars
A collection of recorded webinars that address a variety of agricultural health and safety issues, including hearing protection, protective equipment, and safety for young workers. Lists both free, publicly available and members-only recordings.
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: AgriSafe Network
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Clinician Guides for Farmworker Health and Safety Regulations
Guides to help inform clinicians about farmworker health and safety regulations regarding sanitation, exposure to agricultural chemicals, food quality, and worker protection standards.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Migrant Clinicians Network
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Health Tips/Consejos de Salud
A bilingual, quarterly publication focused on health topics and issues relevant to the farmworker and the general Hispanic population.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Farmworker Health
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Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Agricultural Operations
Provides a variety of information and statistics regarding the hazards of working in agriculture, and includes federal and state standards related to agricultural operations.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Occupational Safety & Health Administration
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Childhood Agricultural Injury Prevention Initiative
A tool that facilitates the use of data to develop and improve prevention efforts, and encourage the use of effective prevention strategies by the private and public sectors to raise awareness and concern about childhood agricultural injury issues.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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NIOSH Agricultural Safety and Health Centers
The Centers for Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention conduct research, education, and prevention projects to address agricultural health and safety problems, and are distributed throughout the nation to be responsive to the agricultural health and safety issues unique to the different regions.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Nurture
Published three times per year. Disseminates information on children's rural health and safety.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
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Workplace Safety & Health Topics: Agricultural Safety
Presents research, statistics and data regarding agricultural safety in the United States.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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All Hazards: Resources to Help Rural Communities Prepare for Disasters and Other Hazards
Provides resources to help citizens of rural agricultural communities prepare for and recover from a number of natural and man-made threats, including dangers related to agrochemicals.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Iowa State University
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PubMed Search: Agricultural Health and Safety
Searches PubMed's collection of journal article citations on topics related to agricultural health and safety.
Type: Literature Search
Sponsoring organization: National Library of Medicine
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WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System)
An interactive database system that provides fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death, and cost of injury data from a variety of sources. Fatal injury data is available by metropolitan/nonmetro status in the Fatal Injury Reports section. Fatal Injury Mapping section provides access to county-level data.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Farm Families Alive & Well
Published four times per year. Joint newsletter with The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health. Addresses agricultural health and safety issues.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health
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KidsHealth: Farm Safety
Provides doctor-approved farm safety information focused on keeping children safe in a farm setting. Information, also available in Spanish, can by used by educators and organizations developing farm safety programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Nemours Foundation
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National Pesticide Information Center
Information resource for people who want to make informed decisions about pesticides. Hotline is 800.858.7378.
Type: Hotline
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OSHA Safety & Health Topics: Agricultural Operations
Links to publications and resources on agricultural safety topics.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Occupational Safety & Health Administration
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Youth in Agriculture
Describes common agricultural hazards and offers potential safety solutions that both employers and young workers can utilize to prevent accidents and avoid injury on the job.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Occupational Safety & Health Administration
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Last Updated: 12/5/2017