Agricultural Health Blog
Dr. Curl Presents New Research at the North American Agricultural Safety Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona
Dr. Cynthia Curl recently attended the North American Agricultural Safety Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona to present findings from her project, “Recognizing and Reducing Safety Hazards in Northwest Potato Production.” The summit was hosted by the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America, to connect farmers, farmworkers, safety professionals, and academics. The conference aimed to create and communicate best practices to address agricultural safety issues across various sectors of the industry.
Dr. Curl’s presentation focused on hazard prevention within potato production — a vital part of the agricultural industry in Idaho and in the larger Pacific Northwest. In collaboration with Dr. Karin Adams, she worked with the Idaho and Washington State Potato Commissions to survey potato growers regarding their perceptions of the frequency and severity of injuries associated with various potato production tasks and operations. Growers primarily reported concerns with activities requiring bending, twisting and lifting, as well as falls, as the most frequent causes of injury. Ultimately, the results of this research will lead to the development of health and safety interventions for potato production.
If you are interested in learning more about this project or about Dr. Curl’s research overall, click here to access additional information.
Professional Training Opportunities Project Presented by Jessica Porter at the Northwest Occupational Health Conference
Jessica Porter, the former Research Coordinator for the Curl Agricultural Health Lab, presented her work Professional Training Opportunities Project (PTOP) at the Northwest Occupational Health Conference in Spokane, WA. The goal of her project, “Job Hazard Analysis in Agriculture: Developing Tools to Evaluate the Effect of Alternative Production Systems on Worker Health,” was to identify those pest management practices that differed the most between conventional and organic potato production so that differential hazards between the two production systems could be determined. Learn more about this project and about opportunities to apply for a PTOP grant.
Ian Penwell Represents Curl Agricultural Health Lab at the National WIC Association’s Annual Education and Training Conference
Jessica Porter, the Research Coordinator for the Curl Agricultural Health Lab, recently presented a research proposal to the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety’s (NWCOHS) Professional Training Opportunities Program (PTOP) at the Nortwest Occupational Health Conference in Portland. The PTOP is a new program that will offer students, non-profit staff, and other eligible applicants funding to support activities that address health risks associated with work and the workplace. Learn more about this new program being offered through the NWCOHS.
Ian Penwell, a student volunteer in the Curl Agricultural Health Lab, is one of only six students to be awarded the HERC Fellowship through the Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives out of a total of 174 applicants. This fellowship is providing the award recipients with an opportunity to conduct undergraduate research with a Boise State University faculty member, so Ian will continue working with Dr. Cynthia Curl on her research. Learn more about the HERC Fellowship and the research that Ian will continue to be a part of.
Dr. Cynthia Curl is an Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) Research Scholar and Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health, and Dr. Curl was recently interviewed about her Pilot Study to Evaluate the Effect of an Organic Diet During Pregnancy. Read about the interview and how this pilot study will help Dr. Curl in designing a future study geared toward providing conclusive evidence to help women decide between eating conventional or organic food throughout their pregnancies.
Dr. Cynthia Curl was interviewed by KID News Radio (590AM/921FM) to discuss her involvement as lead investigator for the USDA funded study of Methyl Bromide on Eastern Idaho farms, which is featured in the sound clip below. Check out more details about this project here.
Cynthia Curl, an Assistant Professor for Boise State University’s Department of Community and Environmental Health, contributed to a TakePart article that addresses an unresolved, health-related question: what does long term, low-level exposure to pesticides mean for your health? The author interviewed Dr. Curl about her previous research and current pilot study in order to understand what progress is being made to produce the much needed answers to this question.
Cynthia Curl was interviewed by Boise Public Radio on October 12, 2015 about a new crowdfunding campaign to raise money for her organic food research. Dr. Curl is crowdfunding through Boise State PonyUp, a new crowdfunding platform at the University. Read the full interview online.