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A qualitative assessment of farmer responses to the certified safe farm concept in Iowa and Nebraska.

Authors
Thu-KM; Pies-B; Roy-N; Von Essen-S; Donham-K
Source
J Agric Saf Health 1998 Aug; 4(3):161-171
NIOSHTIC No.
20024564
Abstract
This article summarizes the responses of 56 farmers in six different farmer focus groups in Iowa and Nebraska to the development of a Certified Safe Farm (CSF) program. The premise of the CSF is to use reductions in health insurance rates and/or other financial incentives to motivate farmers to become healthier and safer. A number of major midwestern insurance companies, farm groups, agribusinesses, and agricultural health and safety specialists are involved in this initiative which is developing in three stages. Stage one, completed in 1996, consisted of six farmer focus groups in Iowa and Nebraska to gauge receptivity to the initiative and gain input on how a CSF Program should be built. Stage two, completed in 1997, was the development of the CSF system which consists of three components: (1) an on-farm safety review; (2) an agricultural occupational health screening; and (3) an educational exercise. Stage three consists of test piloting the system in Iowa and Nebraska over two years from 1998 to 2000. This article provides a synopsis of stage one, the results from the farmer focus groups conducted at an initial stage to qualitatively assess whether the CSF concept was viable from farmersí point of view and, if deemed viable, how to develop the CSF. Findings from the farmer focus groups revealed no major barriers to the development and testing of the CSF program, but did expose a number of considerations subsequently incorporated into the CSF model.
Keywords
Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Injuries; Occupational-health; Demographic-characteristics; Questionnaires; Education; Author Keywords: Farm safety; Farmer health; Insurance incentives; Certified Safe Farm; Injury prevention; Qualitative data
Contact
Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health, University of Iowa, 103 IREH, Oakdale Campus, Iowa City, IA 52242-5000, USA
CODEN
JASHFD
Publication Date
19980801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
kendall-thu@uiowa.edu
Funding Amount
720000
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1998
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-717552
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
1074-7583
Source Name
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
State
IA
Performing Organization
University of Iowa, College of Public Health, Iowa City, Iowa
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