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Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries. Farmers are at high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries, work-related lung diseases, noise-induced hearing loss, skin diseases, and certain cancers associated with chemical use and prolonged sun exposure. Farming is one of the few industries in which the families (who often share the work and live on the premises) are also at risk for injuries, illness, and death.

Farm workers and Heavy Machinery

NIOSH Sector Program

The Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing sector comprises establishments primarily engaged in growing crops, raising animals, harvesting timber, and harvesting fish and other animals on a farm, ranch, or from their natural habitats.

For more information on the NIOSH Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Program including strategic goals, funded projects, and publications please visit this page .


NIOSHTIC search results on Agriculture
NIOSHTIC-2 is searchable bibliographic database of occupational safety and health documents, grant reports, and journal articles supported whole or in part by NIOSH.

Agricultural Safety Health Centers

NIOSH Agricultural Centers
NIOSH Agricultural Centers were established by cooperative to conduct research, education, and prevention projects to the nation’s pressing agricultural health and safety problems. the Centers are distributed throughout the nation to be to the agricultural health and safety issues unique to the regions.

National Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and strives to enhance the health and safety of all children exposed hazards associated with agricultural work and rural environments. members have advanced training in injury prevention, health agricultural safety, and related topics. The Center is in central Wisconsin and is based at Marshfield Clinic, one of largest rural healthcare facilities in the United States with more 650 physicians.

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