Iowa Ag Health Study Participants Encouraged To Respond

Iowa Ag Health Study Participants Encouraged To Respond

An agricultural health survey is being mailed in June 2013 to all participants who were in the last survey.

The 2013 Agricultural Health Study survey is being mailed in June to all participants. Over 40,000 people completed the last interview and the researchers running the study would like even more to participate this year. "You can be a part of this important research about the health of farmers and their spouses by completing the AHS survey," says Betsy Buffington, an Iowa State University Extension specialist.

FILL IT OUT, SEND IT IN: The Agricultural Health Study survey is being mailed starting in June 2013 to all Iowa participants who were involved in the last survey. Over 40,000 people completed the last interview, and the study investigators would like even more to participate this time around, says ISU Extension program specialist Betsy Buffington. The more people who complete it, the better the AHS can do at understanding the risks and benefits to all farming families.

She adds, "The more people who complete this follow-up survey, the better the Agricultural Health Study can do at gaining a better understanding of the risks and benefits to all farming families. To have complete records on everyone, the researchers who are conducting the study are trying to follow up on all participants, including those who've passed away."

The researchers want to hear from you, even if you are no longer farming

The study researchers want to hear from everyone, even if you are no longer farming. When you receive your survey, return it as soon as possible. If you have questions, contact the Health Follow-up Survey Center at 855-443-2692 or visit the survey's website.

The AHS is a large, long-term study of farm families and commercial pesticide applicators. The study includes 89,658 enrollees from Iowa and North Carolina. Enrollment began in 1993. Data is now being analyzed to assess links between agricultural practices including pesticide use and cancer risk. Many other health effects are also being studied including respiratory and reproductive health and diseases of the nervous system. To learn more about the AHS and its findings, visit the AHS website.

New Iowa State University grad is FEEL program coordinator

In other ISU news, the Field Extension Education Laboratory, or FEEL, at ISU has named Stuart McCulloh as its new program coordinator.~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~

McCulloh became the program coordinator at the Field Extension Education Laboratory on May 13, a few days after receiving a bachelor's degree in ag communications from ISU. The Camanche native grew up on a row crop and livestock farm and used his vegetable production enterprise to support his Iowa State studies. McCulloh focused on economics and studied a variety of agricultural topics to develop and hone his interest in agricultural entrepreneurship.

As FEEL program coordinator, he will work with Extension faculty and researchers who have demonstration plots and conduct educational programs at the research facility. He will also coordinate educational opportunities for agribusiness clients. "I'm anxious to meet the people with projects at FEEL and establish a network with them," said McCulloh. "It will be important for me to know the right people for the right job, so I can promote the farm and connect people with research on issues important to them  whether they are farmers, Extension staff, students or agribusiness professionals."

In addition to addressing the training and demonstration needs of traditional FEEL audiences, he is interested in being more entrepreneurial in his efforts not content with just doing things as they have always been done, but exploring new opportunities.

"Being a very recent college student, I see where FEEL has a lot to offer 300- and 400-level students, especially those learning about agronomics," McCulloh says. "It is a great place for students, as well as those working full time in agriculture production, to learn from faculty research."

McCulloh plans to apply his communication skills, general ag knowledge and inquisitive nature as he coordinates this summer's scheduled events and directs staff finalizing plot establishment. He can be reached at smac@iastate.edu or 515-432-9548.

Upcoming events at FEEL

* Crop Management Training: July 15–16; A two-day clinic covering over 20 topics with regard to crop management troubleshooting, and highlighting some research developments industry- and university-wide.

* Late Disease Clinic: August 21–22; Looking at early season disease relevant to the growth of both corn and soybeans and their effect on the plants, as well as current disease issues.

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