An essential component of UMASH are research projects and accompanying publications focused on improving our understanding of existing and emerging agricultural health and safety issues. They target priority topics and are part of multidisciplinary efforts to address important agricultural health and safety problems.


  • Alexander, B.H. et al. (2016). Growing Agricultural Education: Embracing Health and Safety, Journal of Agromedicine. 21(3):298-300. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2016.1179240
  • Buswell, M.L., Hourigan, M., Nault, A. & Bender, J. (2016). Needlestick Injuries in Agriculture Workers and Prevention Programs, Journal of Agromedicine. 21(1):82-90. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2015.1106996
  • Daly, R.F. & Hill, N. T. (2016). Characterizing the Role of Animal Exposures in Cryptosporidiosis and Shiga Toxin‐producing Escherichia coli Infections: South Dakota, 2012, Zoonoses and Public Health. 63(6):467-476. https://doi.org/10.1111/zph.12251
  • Fowler, H. N., Holzbauer, S. M., Smith, K., & Scheftel, J.M. (2016). Survey of occupational hazards in Minnesota veterinary practices in 2012, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 248(2):207-218. https://doi.org/10.2460/javma.248.2.207
  • Juárez-Carrillo, P.M., Liebman, A.K., Reyes, I.A., Sánchez, Y.V.N., & Keifer, M. (2018). Applying Learning Theory to Safety and Health Training for Hispanic Immigrant Dairy Workers, Health Promotion Practice. 18(4):505-515. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524839916683668
  • Reyes I.A., Liebman A.K., Juarez-Carrillo P., Sanchez, Y.N., & Keifer, M. (2016). Health and safety intervention for immigrant dairy farm workers utilizing culturally appropriate popular education approaches, Occupational & Environmental Medicine. 73(1):a36. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/oemed-2016-103951.98
  • Thorbeck D., Troughton J. (2016). Connecting Urban and Rural Futures Through Rural Design, Water Science and Technology Library. 72:45-55. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28112-4_4
  • Torremorell, M. et al. (2016). Investigation into the airborne dissemination of H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus during the 2015 spring outbreaks in the Midwestern United States, Avian Diseases. 60(3):637–643. https://doi.org/10.1637/11395-021816-Reg.1
  • Alonso, C., Raynor, P.C., Davies P.R., & Torremorell, M. (2015). Concentration, size distribution, and infectivity of airborne particles carrying swine viruses, PLoS ONE. 10(8):e0135675. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0135675
  • Choi, M.J. et al. (2015). Live Animal Markets in Minnesota: A Potential Source for Emergence of Novel Influenza A Viruses and Interspecies Transmission, Clinical Infectious Diseases. 61(9):1355–1362. https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/civ618
  • Evans, J., & Heiberger, S. (2015). Fitting Farm Safety into Risk Communications Teaching, Research and Practice, Journal of Applied Communications. 99(3). https://doi.org/10.4148/1051-0834.1060
  • Evans, J., & Heiberger, S. (2015). Agricultural Media Coverage of Farm Safety: Review of the Literature, Journal of Agromedicine. 21(1):91-105. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2015.1106376
  • Hamilton, K.E. et al. (2015). Validation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) on Minnesota Vegetable Farms, Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. 12(2):145-150. https://doi.org/10.1089/fpd.2014.1817
  • Hau, S.J., Sun, J., Davies, P.R., Frana, T.S., & Nicholson, T.L. (2015). Comparative prevalence of Immune Evasion Complex genes associated with β-Hemolysin converting bacteriophages in MRSA ST5 isolates from swine, swine facilities, humans with swine contact, and humans with no swine contact, PLoS One. 10(11):e0142832. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0142832
  • Liebman, A.K., Juarez‐Carrillo, P.M., Reyes, I.A. & Keifer, M. (2015). Immigrant dairy workers’ perceptions of health and safety on the farm in America’s Heartland, American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 59(3):227-235. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajim.22538
  • Liljeberg, K., Smith, K., & Klumb, C. (2015). Characterizing the Burden of Tickborne Disease in the Logging and Forestry Industries [Masters Thesis].
  • Odo, N.U. et al. (2015). Personal Protective Equipment Use and Handwashing Among Animal Farmers: A Multi-site Assessment, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 12(6):363-368. https://doi.org/10.1080/15459624.2015.1006635
  • Sun, J., Yang, M., Sreevatsan, S., & Davies, P.R. (2015). Prevalence and characterization of Staphylococcus aureus in growing pigs in the USA, PLoS One. 24;10(11):e0143670. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0143670
  • Buswell, M.L., Hourigan, M., Nault, A. & Bender, J. (2014). Needlestick Injuries in Livestock Workers and Prevention Programs, Journal of Agromedicine. 19(2):206-207. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2014.889620
  • Cherry, C., Swiggum, R., Hourigan, M., Bender, J. (2014). A Pilot Study of Worker Safety Training and Injuries on Small to Medium Sized Dairies in Southeastern Minnesota, Journal of Agromedicine. 19(2):243-244. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2014.892860
  • Ge S. et al. (2014). Airborne virus survivability during long-term sampling using a non-viable Andersen cascade impactor in an environmental chamber, Aerosol Science and Technology. 48(12):1360-1368. https://doi.org/10.1080/02786826.2014.984800
  • Hultberg, A., Schermann, M., & Yang, P. (2014). A Pilot Project to Develop Culturally and Linguistically-Appropriate Pesticide/Chemical Education Materials for Hmong Produce Growers, Journal of Agromedicine. 19(2):214-215. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2014.891482
  • Keifer, M., Reyes, I.A., Liebman, A.K., & Juarez-Carrillo, P. (2014). The Use of Audience Response Systems Technology with Limited English Proficient, Low Literate and Vulnerable Populations, Journal of Agromedicine. 19(2):219-220. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2014.892045
  • Keifer, M. et al. (2014). Surveillance of Disease and Injury in Wisconsin Dairy Farmers and Workers, Journal of Agromedicine. 19(2):218-219. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2014.891486
  • Klumb, C., Saunders, S. & Smith, K. (2014). E. coli O157:H7 Surveillance in Agricultural Populations in Minnesota, Journal of Agromedicine. 19(2):221. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2014.890555
  • Liebman, A.K., Juárez-Carrillo, P., Reyes, I.A., & Keifer, M. (2014). A Model Health and Safety Intervention for Hispanic Immigrants Working in the Dairy Industry, Journal of Agromedicine. 19(2):78-82. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2014.888025
  • Liebman, A.K., Juárez-Carillo, P., Sáenz, S., & Guerrero, F. (2014). COMIC: Safety and Health on the Farm- It’s your Right and it’s the Law, Migrant Clinicians Network, National Farm Medicine Center, and Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center. https://www.migrantclinician.org/toolsource/resource/comic-safety-and-health-farm-its-your-right-and-its-law.html
  • Murphy, D., Engelman, S., Raynor, P.C., Ramachandran, G., & Alexander, B.H. (2014). Characterization of Air Contaminants Associated with Type of Swine Production Facilities, Journal of Agromedicine. 19(2):227-228. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2014.891491
  • Nordgren, L.D. et al. (2014). Evaluation of risk and protective factors for work-related bite injuries to veterinary technicians certified in Minnesota, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 245(4):434-440. https://doi.org/10.2460/javma.245.4.434
  • Reyes, I.A. et al. (2014). Facilitating Return to Work for Injured and Ill Animal Agriculture Workers, Journal of Agromedicine. 19(2):232. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2014.892457
  • Sorge, U.S., Cherry, C., & Bender, J. (2014). Perception of the importance of Human-Animal interactions on cattle flow and worker safety in Minnesota Dairy Farms, Journal of Dairy Science. 97(7):4632-4638. https://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2014-7971
  • Whitten, T., Bender, J., Smith, K., Leano, F., & Scheftel, J.M. (2014). Reptile‐Associated Salmonellosis in Minnesota, 1996–2011, Zoonoses and Public Health. 62(3):199-208. https://doi.org/10.1111/zph.12140
  • Cho, S. et al. (2013). Herd-level risk factors associated with fecal shedding of Shiga toxin-encoding bacteria on dairy farms in Minnesota, USA, The Canadian Veterinary Journal. 54(7):693-697. https://europepmc.org/article/pmc/pmc3685005
  • Cunningham, R.N., Simpson, C.D., & Keifer, M. (2013). Hazards faced by informal recyclers in the squatter communities of Asunción, Paraguay, International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. 18(3):181-187. https://doi.org/10.1179/1077352512Z.00000000027
  • Fowler, H.N. et al. (2013). Streptococcus suis Meningitis in Swine Worker, Minnesota, USA, Emerging Infectious Diseases. 19(2):330-331. https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1902.120918
  • Frank, A.L., Liebman, A.K., Ryder, B., Weir, M. & Arcury, T.A. (2013). Health care access and health care workforce for immigrant workers in the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries sector in the southeastern US, American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 56(8):960-974. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajim.22183
  • Liebman, A.K. et al. (2013). Occupational health policy and immigrant workers in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing sector, American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 56(8):975-984. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajim.22190
  • Smith, K. (2013). Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, American Veterinary Medical Association. 243(9):1270-1288. https://doi.org/10.2460/javma.243.9.1270
  • Zuo Z. et al. (2013). Association of airborne virus infectivity and survivability with its carrier particle size, Aerosol Science and Technology. 47(4):373-382. https://doi.org/10.1080/02786826.2012.754841
  • Appert, J. et al. (2012). Influence of suspending liquid, impactor type, and substrate on size-selective sampling of MS2 and adenovirus aerosols, Aerosol Science and Technology. 46(3):249-257. https://doi.org/10.1080/02786826.2011.619224
  • Beaudoin, A.L. et al. (2012). Risk Factors for Exposure to Influenza A Viruses, Including Subtype H5 Viruses, in Thai Free‐Grazing Ducks, Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. 61(4):362-374. https://doi.org/10.1111/tbed.12043
  • Bender, J., Schiffman, E., Hiber, L., Gerads, L., & Olsen, K. (2012). Recovery of staphylococci from computer keyboards in a veterinary medical centre and the effect of routine cleaning, VetRecord. 170(16):414. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/vr.100508
  • Bischoff, W.E. et al. (2012). The Quality of Drinking Water in North Carolina Farmworker Camps, American Journal of Public Health. 102(10):e49-e54. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2012.300738
  • Dressler, A.E. et al. (2012). Prevalence, antibiotic resistance and molecular characterisation of Staphylococcus aureus in pigs at agricultural fairs in the USA, VetRecord. 170(19):495. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/vr.100570
  • Gray, G.C. et al. (2012). Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 Virus among Healthy Show Pigs, United States, Emerging Infectious Diseases. 18(9):1519-1521. https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1809.120431
  • Haran, K.P. et al. (2012). Prevalence and Characterization of Staphylococcus aureus, Including Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Isolated from Bulk Tank Milk from Minnesota Dairy Farms, Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 50(3):688-695. https://doi.org/10.1128/JCM.05214-11
  • Harris, L.J. et al. (2012). A framework for developing research protocols for evaluation of microbial hazards and controls during production that pertain to the quality of agricultural water contacting fresh produce that may be consumed raw, Journal of Food Production. 75(12):2251-2273. https://doi.org/10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-12-252
  • Heiberger, S. (2012). Lessons Learned From the Child Agricultural Labor Law Debate, Journal of Agromedicine. 17(4)351-353. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2012.726163
  • Heiberger, S., Alexander, B.H., Bender, J., & Keifer, M. (2012). New NIOSH-Funded Center Focuses on Safety and Health in Changing Agricultural Landscape, Migrant Clinicians Network Streamline. 18(2):11,13. https://www.migrantclinician.org/files/MCN%20MarJun12.pdf
  • Keifer, M., & Heiberger, S. (2012). Looking for Lessons in the Child Agricultural Labor Law Dust-up, Journal of Agromedicine. 17(3)261-263. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2012.700585
  • Keifer, M. (2012). The Future Structure of Childhood Agricultural Injury Prevention: First the Blueprint, Journal of Agromedicine. 17(2):83-84. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2012.661233
  • Lee B.C., Gallagher, S.S., Liebman, A.K., Miller, M.E. & Marlenga, B. (2012). Developing the 2012 National Action Plan for Protecting Children in Agriculture, Journal of Agromedicine. 17(2):88-93. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2012.660437
  • McLaurin, J.A., & Liebman, A.K. (2012). Unique Agricultural Safety and Health Issues of Migrant and Immigrant Children, Journal of Agromedicine. 17(2):186-196. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2012.658010
  • Treadwell, R.J., & Keifer, M. (2012). Research-­–to-­–Practice Transition of a Portable Cholinesterase Monitoring Kit: How Does It Affect the Work of Clinics?, Washington State Journal of Public Health Practice. 5(1):44. https://washingtonstatepublichealthjournal.wordpress.com/prior-issues/june-2012/
  • Somrongthong, R. et al. (2012). Use of Personal Protective Measures by Thai Households in Areas with Avian Influenza Outbreaks, Zoonoses and Public Health. 59(5):339-346. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1863-2378.2012.01460.x
  • Beaudoin, A., Johnson, S., Davies, P.R., Bender, J., & Gramer, M. (2011). Characterization of Influenza A Outbreaks in Minnesota Swine Herds and Measures Taken to Reduce the Risk of Zoonotic Transmission, Zoonoses and Public Health. 59(2):96-106. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1863-2378.2011.01423.x
  • Garcia D., Hopewell J., Liebman A.K., & Mountain K. (2011). The Migrant Clinicians Network: Connecting Practice to Need and Patients to Care, Journal of Agromedicine. 17(1):5-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2012.632746
  • Yendell, S.J., Rubinoff, I., Lauer, D.C., Bender, J., & Scheftel, J.M. (2011). Antibody Prevalence of Low‐Pathogenicity Avian Influenza and Evaluation of Management Practices in Minnesota Backyard Poultry Flocks, Zoonoses and Public Health. 59(2):139-143. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1863-2378.2011.01427.x