NORA Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Sector Council

The NORA Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Council brings together individuals and organizations to share information, form partnerships, and promote adoption and dissemination of solutions that work. It was formed in 2007 for the second decade of NORA. Now in the third decade (2016-2026) the council seeks to facilitate the most important research, understand the most effective intervention strategies, and learn how to implement those strategies to achieve sustained improvements in workplace practice. Contact the council co-chair or NORA Coordinator with any questions, comments, or to volunteer.

Meetings and News

New Podcast for Fishermen Talks Strategies to Maximize Health and Productivity at Sea and Dockside
The NORA Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Council, in collaboration with partners across the country, released The Fishing Forward Podcastexternal icon, a new podcast series focusing on health, safety, and “staying shipshape” in the commercial fishing industry. The podcast features conversations with both scientific experts and fishermen as they explore topics such as sleep deprivation, diet and nutrition, injury prevention, and much more. The is available on most podcast streaming platforms and at icon. New episodes will be released every two weeks through 2022.

Sector Description

The Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing sector has approximately 2.3 million workers and includes all jobs under NAICS code 11. Agriculture includes crop production, animal production and aquaculture. These workers plant and harvest a wide variety of crops; tend livestock on cattle ranches, pig farms, and dairy farms; and produce eggs and chickens. The forestry industry includes logging operations and businesses that grow trees and gather forest products. Fishing includes a variety of commercial fishing operations.  Together, these industries play a critical role in providing food, fuel, and fiber for the United States and around the globe. However, they are also one of the most hazardous industrial sectors, with the highest fatal occupational injury rate at 22.8 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers, compared to a rate of 3.4 deaths per 100,000 workers for all industries. Traumatic injuries are prevalent in all three industries, although the specific causes vary. Many workers in agriculture, forestry and fishing are also at greater risk for a variety of health and safety issues because social and economic factors can limit their options for safeguarding their own safety and health.

Information is available about the NIOSH Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Program, which facilitates the work of the council.

Page last reviewed: May 23, 2022