New technology from drones to tractor rollover detection are aimed at keeping farmers out of dangerous situations. Drones, modified from their current military use, could be flying soon over Iowa corn fields, allowing farmers to check on growth from comfort and safety.
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Chris Petersen, of Clear Lake, Iowa, has farmed and raised hogs for years. As a board member of the Iowa Farmers' Union and Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, I-CASH, he has worked to raise awareness of farm safety issues. He also helps bring a farmer's perspective to developers of agricultural safety equipment. “You know the simple of it is, I guess, farmers at a certain time of the year have one-track minds. And it's getting that crop in and getting that crop out. Continue Reading →
Grain bins, a common sight for anyone traveling through Iowa and other corn belt states, are a source of concern for agriculture safety specialists. Lack of research means specialists are unable to provide consistent advice to farmers about working in the storage bins.
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Far fewer veterans are facing long waits for disability compensation after the Department of Veterans Affairs spent the past six months focusing on the backlog, including mandating case worker overtime and rolling out a new computer system. In Iowa, 4,743 veterans were waiting at the beginning of November for disability benefits. On Nov. 12 the number was down to 4,678. Both totals are down from 6,714 at the beginning of this year. Continue Reading →
Limited Occupational Safety and Health Administration enforcement and coverage favors large farms, leaving the rest on an honors system in which dangerous farm practices fly under the radar until a serious, and often fatal, injury occurs. Continue Reading →
There have been more than 900 grain-bin entrapments throughout the country since 1964, according to data compiled by Purdue University’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program. More than half of those incidents were fatal. Continue Reading →
OSHA’s federal guidelines prohibit it from enforcing regulations through inspections on both family farms and farms that employ fewer than 10 workers. Consequently, many places left vulnerable to grain-bin accidents are neglected. Continue Reading →
Social, economic and logistical barriers keep many pregnant, drug-addicted women in Iowa from accessing substance abuse treatment. Moreover, despite attention given the problem over the years, social stigma and fear of losing custody can keep them from seeking medical care during pregnancy, an IowaWatch investigation revealed. Continue Reading →
Children of drug-abusing mothers are more likely to pick up drugs themselves, continuing the cycle of substance abuse. With the recent defunding of drug prevention programs in Iowa schools, there is one less tool in the effort to cut of the generational cycle of drug abuse. Continue Reading →
Salmonella tainted ground beef could be the biggest challenge facing the industry, a leading beef researcher warns. Sam Robinson, of the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, concludes a series of stories about efforts to curb the spread of salmonella in this story. The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting is an independent, nonprofit newsroom devoted to educating the public about crucial issues in the Midwest with a special focus on agribusiness and related topics such as government programs, environment and energy. The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch.org is a member of the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. Continue Reading →