Thursday, March 19, 2020

Webinar on Monday, March 23, will cover what rural residents, especially farmers, need to know about covid-19

The AgriSafe Network's Learning Lab will host a free webinar at noon CT Monday, March 23, to share evidence-based information about covid-19 geared toward a rural audience, including farmers, ranchers, veterinarians, Extension Service personnel, rural health-care workers, and others who work in or with agriculture. The webinar will take a little over an hour, organizers say. Register here.

The webinar aims to familiarize participants with common symptoms of covid-19, explain the transmission risk between people and potentially farm animals, teach infection control principles and appropriate strategies for limiting disease transmission, and share infection prevention resources and training for agriculture producers. It will feature four speakers:
  • Heather Fowler, director of producer and public health at the National Pork Board.
  • Chad Roy, director of infectious-disease aerobiology and director of biodefense research at the Tulane National Primate Research Center and professor of microbiology and immunology at Tulane School of Medicine.
  • Charlotte Halverson, clinical director for AgriSafe.
  • Jeff Bender, professor of veterinary public health at the University of Minnesota; professor and director of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
A recording of the webinar will be available on the website within a few hours afterward.

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