RURAL MEDICAL ISSUES FOCUS OF CONSORTIUM
TUSCALOOSA - The health and safety of agricultural producers, workers, their families and consumers will be the focus of the North American Agromedicine Consortium when it holds its 19th annual meeting Oct. 15-17 In Tuscaloosa.
This year's theme is "Encouraging Community Preparedness for Agromedicine Concerns."
Conference objectives include increasing understanding of human and animal health issues related to natural disasters and increasing awareness of issues faced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on rural communities from the perspective of health care providers, agricultural producers and emergency planning and response personnel.
Examples of areas of agromedicine include agricultural chemicals, noise-induced hearing loss, skin cancer, farm stress, insect-transmitted disease and other areas of preventive, occupational and environmental medicine, rural health and primary care.
Discussions also will be held on zoonoses, diseases that are transmissible between humans and animals.
Several leaders in the Alabama Farmers Federation will be among those serving as panel members or presenters during the consortium. They include Federation Southwest Vice President and Wilcox County Farmers Federation President Jake Harper, State Young Farmers Chairman Townsend Kyser of Hale County, Alabama Peanut Producers Board Member Bert Driskell of Mobile County and Federation State Poultry Committee Member Eric Smith of Pickens County. Other speakers during the event include Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks and noted doctors and health experts from Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.
Alfa and the Pickens County Farmers Federation are among the sponsors for the event.
For more information about the meeting or the North American Agromedicine Consortium, visit the website www.agromedicine.org.