Agricultural Dust-Induced Airway Injury And Repair: An IL-10 Centered Approach

                       Jill Poole

Todd Wyatt, PhD                           Jill Poole, MD

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This project will help identify mechanisms, biomarkers, human genetic polymorphisms, and potential therapeutic targets important in the repair and recovery response to agriculture organic dust mediated lung injury that can be later translated to agriculture-exposed human cohorts to ultimately reduce disease burden.

Enhancing The Health And Safety Of Range Bison Herd Workers

Clayton Kelling, PhD, DVM


We aim to reduce bison herd worker injury incident rates and hazard scores by one-third in participating tribal herds. Results from this work will assist bison producers, both tribal and non-tribal, in implementing best management practices and employing effective training to enhance bison worker safety.

Health & Safety Risks Among Immigrant Cattle Feedlot Workers In Nebraska & Kansas

Athena Ramos, PhD, MS, MBA, CPM


This project addresses several areas of central importance to agricultural safety and health including surveillance; vulnerable workers; outreach, communications, and partnerships; and agricultural health (NORA AFF Goals: 1, 2, 3, and 5). Specifically, this project seeks to address Latino immigrant cattle feedlot workers within the rural Midwest making it uniquely relevant to the continued viability and economic stability of the agricultural workforce.

Surveillance of Agricultural Injury and Illness In The Central States Region

Risto Rautiainen, PhD


This project will enhance our successful model for injury surveillance and extend it to include alternative surveillance methods. Our approach fills gaps in existing surveillance and contributes to reaching the NORA Strategic Goal 1: to “Improve surveillance within the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing (AgFF) Sector to describe: the nature, extent, and economic burden of occupational illnesses, injuries, and fatalities; occupational health hazards; and worker populations at risk for adverse health outcomes."

Pilot Program

Eleanor Rogan, PhD


The long-term goal of this program is to support pilot and feasibility projects that lead to independent research projects concerning agricultural safety and health, with particular attention to critical issues. The objective of this program is to support a series of well-constructed pilot and/or feasibility studies concerned with important issues in agricultural safety and health.