|Subject||Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety|
The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety was established in 1990 through a cooperative agreement with the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH). The center is one of nine agricultural health and safety centers established in the United States by the Center for Disease Control for the purpose of protecting and improving the health and safety of the nation's farmers, farmworkers, and consumers. California is the leading agricultural state in the country, consuming and exporting a range and multitude of products. Together with the other Western states, California is also home to a number of types of farms, from family businesses to corporate megadairies, all of which employ family members, farmworkers, and laborers from many countries and cultures.
Director Dr. Marc Schenker heads up an interdisciplinary team of investigators who collaborate on scientific studies of the challenging aspects of agriculture affecting health and safety.
The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program dedicated to the understanding and prevention of illness and injury in Western agriculture.
The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety has four major objectives:
The center has benefited from its affiliation with the UC Davis Medical School and the Department of Public Health Sciences. Drawing on the resources of the University, the Center fosters the communication of ideas through a quarterly newsletter, monthly seminars and periodic conferences and presentations.
The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program dedicated to the understanding and prevention of illness and injury to Western agriculture. The Center is located at the University of California, Davis, with collaborated Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, and a land grant from College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. The website has numerous publications that can be downloaded, plus links to related sites.|
Webcasts of the 2006–07 UC Davis Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS) monthly seminars are available at http://agcenter.ucdavis.edu/seminar/webcast.php.
Publications from the UC Davis Integrated Pest Management Pesticide Education Program: