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January 2012


The Mid-Atlantic AgrAbility is conducting a  webinar on respiratory health in agriculture on February 15, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

Speaker: John May, MD, New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health

The agricultural workplace has long been associated with respiratory disease. Respiratory disease is among the main chronic health conditions affecting farmers, agricultural workers, greenhouse and nursery workers, veterinarians, and grain handling workers. While significant exposure leading to acute disease has decreased, it is estimated that there has been a significant increase in subacute and chronic respiratory diseases associated with agricultural confinement facilities.

Exposures to organic dusts, molds, bacteria, and gases such as from the fermentation of manure and silage will lead to respiratory illnesses, often with overlapping clinical signs and symptoms. Other respiratory hazards include inorganic dusts, pesticides, and other agricultural chemicals.

Don't miss this informative webinar to learn more about respiratory hazards, respiratory protection and supporting farmers with respiratory illnesses.

Please visit and follow the link to learn more about the webinar and complete the webinar registration form which is located in the news section of the home page. You may also go directly to to register for the event.

Submitted by Ron Jester