2008 Injuries to youth on racial minority-operated farms: injuries to youth on racial minority-operated farms in the United States, 2000, 2003, 2008.
In 2008, there were an estimated 86,834 farms operated by racial minorities in the United States, increasing 64 percent since 2000. Agriculture-related injuries to youth under 20 years of age on these farms have decreased from 12.4 injuries per 1,000 farms in 2000 to 6.0 injuries per 1,000 farms in 2008. In 2000, there were 654 injuries to youth who lived on, worked on, or visited a racial minority-operated farm in the U.S., compared to 627 injuries in 2003, and 516 injuries in 2008. These findings are based on a series of telephone surveys of racial minority-operated farms conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Farm operators were asked questions about injuries to youth less than 20 years of age that occurred on their farms in three separate surveys covering the years 2000, 2003, and 2008. An injury was defined as any condition occurring on the farm operation resulting in at least 4 hours of restricted activity or requiring professional medical attention.