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Remarks by the chair of the conference.

Millar J
Papers and Proceedings of the Surgeon General's Conference on Agricultural Safety and Health (FarmSafe 2000), April 30-May 3, 1991, Des Moines, Iowa. Myers ML, Herrick RF, Olenchock SA, Myers JR, Parker JE, Hard DL, Wilson K, eds. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 92-105, 1992 Sep; :35
It is really good to be here. You know, this is the heartland, not only geographically, but in many ways philosophically, because here amidst the good people in the center of our country who still pursue farming as a primary occupation is the reservoir of many traditional American values-things that have made this country the great nation that it is; all the more reason why we should be here again, the second day of the conference, focusing on how to make their quality of life even better and more productive. I would like you to, at this point, look in your program, if you have it, at page 27; there begins a full 18 pages of names of people who have made this conference possible. At your leisure look through; as you recognize these people during your time here just say thank you to them personally. There are lots of folks represented, from many walks of life; many from NIOSH, many from outside of NIOSH. It is to them that we owe the success of this conference. There are two people there whose names you will not see. One is Dr. James Merchant, from the University of Iowa, who has demonstrated great national leadership in this field and who, along with Dr. Pratt, came to Atlanta one day and encouraged this meeting and many other things related to agricultural safety and health. We appreciate that leadership, and we are glad to be responsive to it. The other is one of our speakers this morning, Senator Harkin, who provided legislative encouragement for us to convene in this session. So you will want to remember these people with gratitude for having initiated-having helped us all to initiate-this conference. The three speakers that I am pleased to introduce this morning all have roots in traditional agricultural states-people who have a good feel for the land. Whether or not they, themselves, may have ever operated behind a plow or on a tractor or whatever, each of them brings to this a sense of the appreciation of human worth that I think is so important in public health.
Occupational-safety-programs; Occupational-health-programs; Agricultural-workers; Safety-education; Accident-prevention
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Myers ML; Herrick RF; Olenchock SA; Myers JR; Parker JE; Hard DL; Wilson K
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NIOSH Division
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Papers and Proceedings of the Surgeon General's Conference on Agricultural Safety and Health (FarmSafe 2000), April 30-May 3, 1991, Des Moines, Iowa
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