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Predictors of Best Practices in Farm Air Quality Sampling among Young Producers

Young workers aged 18-23 years old contribute significantly to the agricultural workforce and are at risk to occupational health risks, including environmental exposures. Many of these workers are employed in large operations or family farms and potentially exposed to gases from livestock production, manure storage, combustion engines, chemicals, or spoiled grain. …

Describing the Impact of Daily Exposure to Tetracycline by Dairy Cattle Hoof Trimmers of the Upper Midwest on the Prevalence of Multidrug Resistant Staphylococcus aureus

Multidrug resistant Staphylococcus aureus can cause bacterial infections that can lead to serious illnesses in humans. Certain occupations such as veterinarians and livestock workers are at an increased risk of infection with methicillin susceptible SA (MSSA) and methicillin resistant SA (MRSA) due to their exposure to animals that carry these organisms as “normal” microflora. One population of livestock workers that has not previously been studied are dairy cattle hoof trimmers (HT). …

The Impact of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) on Worker Health and Family Well-being: Implications for Building Resilience

The 2015 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in Minnesota (MN) and the Midwest caused significant economic impact. MN lost over 9 million birds and 108 farms were affected across 23 counties resulting in more than $647.2 million from lost turkey and egg production and processing. Farmers managed the outbreak with the assistance of national and state agency resources, but the process was highly stressful and uncertain. …

Tick-borne Disease Risk for Agricultural Workers and their Families in the Midwest

Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases (TBDs) are on the rise and are commonly reported in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Tick bites through outdoor recreational activities is well defined risk factor but only few studies have investigated the impact of TBD for outdoor occupations and optimal interventions for specific occupations. A new interdisciplinary research group is being created with experts from University of Minnesota Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation (MCRF), National Farm Medicine Center (NFMC), and Minnesota Department of Health with the long-term goal of advancing the knowledge of the ecology, epidemiology, and social determinants of TBD as well as identifying effective strategies for infection prevention and clinical case management. …

Worksite Screening for Cardiovascular Risk Factors among Migrant Agricultural Workers

Accessibility of healthcare services is a major challenge facing agricultural migrant workers (AMW’s) in the United States. Additionally, AMW’s are at higher risk for certain chronic illnesses that must be monitored frequently. Building upon an idea proposed at the Finding Common Grounds conference, this pilot project will test the implementation of two on-site health-screening methods. …

Worker Health and Safety of an Integrated Poultry and Cropping System

The Main Street Project in Northfield, Minnesota has developed an integrated poultry-cropping system where free range meat chickens live among perennial plantings of woody crops. This system is intended to provide a bridge to entrepreneurship for Latino agriculture workers, but could also interest other small to medium-scale producers. …

Communication Strategies to Support Agricultural Innovations and Engagement

Our project will identify how agricultural media organizations have covered stockmanship information in the past. We will also investigate the understanding of stockmanship practices among dairy farmers, attitudes towards practices, barriers to implementing practices and communication preferences for receiving information about stockmanship. …