2023 Impacts of Climate Events on Agricultural Health and Safety

Agriculturalists are not strangers to weather and climate challenges in their day-to-day operations. However, climate impacts can be one of the hardest obstacles to overcome in the agriculture industry, as livelihoods are at stake in the face of climate uncertainty. Climate impacts include, but are not limited to: freeze damage, drought, hurricanes, floods, infrastructure damage, and heat-related illnesses. For years, workers in the agricultural industry have fought to stay afloat amidst weather challenges and adapt to the ever-changing climate. In effort to support agriculturists who have been impacted by climate events, The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety Center hosted its annual State of the Science event on March 6-7 at the Hyatt Place in downtown Gainesville, FL.

The 2023 State of the Science meeting focused on The Impact of Climate Events on Agricultural Health and Safety. The State of the Science meeting included a poster session Monday evening, followed by Tuesday’s one-day meeting with highly esteemed researchers from various institutions, including the United States Department of Agriculture, the University of Florida, Florida State University, American Farm Bureau Federation, and the University of Puerto Rico. These researchers shared current findings, resources, and collaborative efforts to help those on the front lines of climate impacts in the agricultural industry. Attendees also learned about funding opportunities from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and SCCAHS.


Building a Climate Resilience Capacity in the U.S Caribbean

Pablo Mendez-Lazaro – Associate Professor of Environmental Health, University of Puerto Rico and Supervisory Climate Science Specialist, USDA

Climate Trends and Variability - Applications to Agriculture in the Southeast

David Zierden – Florida State Climatologist, Center for Ocean Atmospheric Prediction Studies at Florida State University

AgroClimate: Tools for managing climate risk in agriculture

Clyde Fraisse – Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida

Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology: Biomarkers of Kidney Damage in Farmworkers

Christopher Vulpe - Professor of Physiological Sciences, University of Florida

Identification, Mitigation, and Adaptation of Forest, Range, and Agricultural Lands to Sea-Level Rise and Storm Surge

Steve McNulty – Director, USDA Southeast Climate Hub

Past and Present: Tracking Disaster Assistance Programs for Farmers in a More Volatile World

Danny Munch – Economist, American Farm Bureau

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Efforts in Community Engagement and Climate Change

Liam O’Fallon - Program Coordinator, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety: Pilot Grant Opportunities

Farah Arosemena-Murfee - Program Manager and Co-Director of Pilot/Feasibility Program, SCCAHS

Community Collaborations with Extension Before, During, and After Major Weather Events

Angela Lindsey - Associate Professor of Family, Youth and Communities, University of Florida and Florida Point-of-Contact, Extension Disaster Education Network