Florida and the Farm Bill: What you should know 

By Jamie FussellFlorida Fruit and Vegetable Association “In my eyes, food security and national security are one and the same.”   Florida grower Dustin Grooms shared those words during a recent congressional hearing in Newberry, Florida, on the Farm Bill, a piece of federal legislation that touches almost every American in some way.  Farm Bill dates back to […]

UF Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety receives over $7 million in renewal funding

Workers in agriculture, fisheries and forestry are among those at greatest risk nationally for injury and work-related health problems. Additionally, work-related fatalities are nearly seven times higher in these industries compared to all other industries in the United States. With the goal of reducing the incidence and severity of  chronic and acute health and safety problems in […]

What’s Next? Understanding the current status of COVID-19 and future projections

While health experts have stated that the United States is turning the corner on the latest surge in the coronavirus pandemic, experts aren’t convinced that the pandemic is completely behind us. On October 28 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. you are invited to join the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety for […]

EPA Environmental Justice Requests for Applications Due May 7, 2021

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced two Environmental Justice (EJ) Requests for Applications for EJ Small Grants (SG) and EJ Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPS) Cooperative Agreements.   Small Grants are for $50K each for one year.  Proposed projects should include activities designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to understand the local environmental and public […]

UF/IFAS Extension works with FDACS to help farmworkers stay safe from COVID

By Lourdes Rodriguez and Brad Buck UF/IFAS Extension experts are communicating with agricultural workers to connect them with COVID-19 free testing, safety information and training – a role they have been serving throughout the pandemic.   UF/IFAS Extension agents are partnering with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), county health agencies and farmworker coalitions throughout the state.    Extension agents statewide have led the grass-roots efforts by:  conducting scheduled mask distributions,   providing training for […]

Issue Guide: The Needs of Extension in the Southeast Region During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (SCCAHS) conducted research to identify the needs of Extension professionals in the Southeast region as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Research findings indicated that extension professionals in the Southeast are well-informed regarding COVID-19 and receive trusted information from healthcare providers and Extension administrators, making these […]

Issue Guide: Adapting evaluation to serve the developmental needs of a newly funded multidisciplinary research center

Federal agencies fund research centers on a variety of topics, and an evaluation component is normally required. The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (SCCAHS) is working to define the vital role evaluation serves for federally-funded centers, including the SCCAHS which is a center that houses six multidisciplinary research projects, 10 pilot projects […]

SCCAHS Provides Needed Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (SCCAHS) is providing needed support and resources to Florida’s farmworkers and fisheries workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Joan Flocks, associate in law at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law and director of Emerging Issues at SCCAHS, took action to help educate and test Florida […]

State of the Science Meeting focused on pregnancy at work to be hosted by Sunshine Education and Research Center

Respected presenters and researchers will discuss topics such as occupational exposures, pesticide metabolism and effects to fetus, pregnancy bias, employment considerations during pregnancy, general maternal health, work-family balance, legal climate, as well as social and cultural issues. To Register: Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Event: Poster Session & Networking […]

SCCAHS announces latest Pilot/Feasibility Program Call for Proposals

SCCAHS The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety(SCCAHS) is part of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Agricultural Health and Safety Initiative. SCCAHS explores and addresses the occupational safety and health needs of people working in agriculture, fishing, and forestry in Alabama, Florida, […]