What Ag Producers Need to Know About COVID19 (Recording)
Recorded On: 03/23/2020
Coronavirus has gained attention worldwide as an emerging infectious disease. This webinar is intended to share evidence-based information about COVID19 and to help agricultural producers identify strategies for responding on their farm.
Agricultural producers, ranchers, farmers, farmworkers, veterinarians, Extension personnel, rural health care providers, and others who work in agriculture.
At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
- be aware of common signs and symptoms of COVID-19
- understand the transmission risk to yourself, employees, and potentially your animals
- describe infection control principles and appropriate strategies for limiting disease transmission
- locate resources and training for ag producers related to infection prevention
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The audio from this webinar is also available as a podcast. Check it out here...
Thank you to our generous sponsor for supporting this webinar:
Heather Fowler, VMD PhD MPH DACVPM
Director of Producer and Public Health, National Pork Board
Dr. Fowler completed her Veterinary Medical degree at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine in 2010, a Master in Public Health in Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health in 2011, and a PhD in Environmental and Occupational Hygiene from the University of Washington School of Public Health in 2017. She is board certified in veterinary preventive medicine and has expertise in the areas of zoonotic disease, public health, worker safety and health, and One Health application. In the summer of 2017, Heather began work as the Director of Producer and Public Health at the National Pork Board where she oversees public health as well as occupational safety and health issues as they relate to swine production in the United States.
Chad Roy, PhD, MSPH
Director, Infectious Disease Aerobiology, Director, Biodefense Research Programs at the Tulane National Primate Research Center, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, Tulane School of Medicine
Dr. Roy is a professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine and also the Director of Infectious Disease Aerobiology at the Tulane National Primate Research Center. Dr. Roy's research focuses on respiratory health and the aerobiology of infectious diseases. Dr. Roy is a career aerobiologist, and has been active in numerous investigations for an array of high consequence pathogens over the years. Currently, Dr. Roy and his laboratory enterprise are heavily engaged in the COVID-19 response in cooperation with the US NIH, CDC, and other international partners. He serves on numerous ad hoc SME panels contributing to the ongoing response to COVID-19, including as an invited panelist with the World Health Organizations’ (WHO) committee on development of animal models for future testing of medical countermeasures.
Charlotte Halverson, RN, BSN, COHN-S
Clinical Director, AgriSafe Network
Charlotte Halverson is an occupational health nurse for the AgriSafe Network and serves as the network’s Clinical Director. In that capacity, she researches, develops resources, and presents webinar and in person educational sessions on a variety of health and safety topics specific to the agricultural workforce. Prior to this role, she worked for several years in hospital acute care settings and community education. During those years, Charlotte developed and managed a Rural Outreach Health service and a Parish Health Ministry department serving nine counties in northeast Iowa.
She is a "charter graduate" of the University of IA agricultural occupational medicine course, is certified in occupational hearing conservation and completed the NIOSH Spirometry training.
Jeff Bender, DVM, MS DACVPM
Professor and Director of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH), School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Dr. Bender is a professor in both Veterinary Public Health and the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He is also a Hospital Epidemiologist with the Veterinary Medical Center at the U of MN and the Co-Director of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center.
Dr. Bender's research interests include zoonoses and emerging diseases, food safety, antimicrobial resistance, infectious disease surveillance, and infection prevention and control.
Risk Control Manager
Mike Keenan is a Risk Control Manager for Gallagher National Risk Control in Omaha Nebraska. Mike has worked extensively with agricultural clients throughout the Midwest for over 13 years. His clients include swine producers, dairy operations, cattle feeders, feed mills, grain elevators, coops and meat packing plants. Mike also has over 30 years of experience with the construction and general industry. Mike has been developing and implementing Enhanced Risk Management Programs to identify risk exposures and controls in animal agriculture and affiliated industries. Mike serves as an advisor to the Central States Center for Ag Safety and Health, and a NIOSH fund research program for employee safety in cattle feed yards. Mike is a tech committee member for the National Fire Protection Association 150 Code Life Safety for Animal Housing Facilities, and is a member of the National Pork Producers Safety Roundtable.