The need for medical surveillance in agriculture is reflected by inadequate existing respiratory protection programs in the agricultural sector

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-2
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of agromedicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2007

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The article by Kline et al. highlights one voluntary approach and a qualitative assessment of farmer acceptance of the program. Certified Safe Farm (CSF) Program is a long-standing program that has been funded by a combination of private insurer, agricultural industry, and NIOSH funding and addresses medical surveillance and screening provided by AgriSafe clinics, which mandate staffing by health care providers trained in agricultural occupational medical screening. This paper indicates that CSF has been well received by those participating Iowa farmers, and that respiratory screening was the most valued type of screening. The assessment also indicates that there was a willingness to self-pay for continuation in a program that has been tailored specifically for the target population of farmers. Criticism has been made of the low participation rate by farmers in the Certified Safe Farm Program, although willingness to participate appears to be increasing.

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