Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers: One State's Experience with a Growing Population

  • Myers, J. A.;
  • Rosenberg, Gil

Until a very few years ago, Kentucky employed relatively few migrant and seasonal farm workers (MSFW) who were from other states or from across other borders. Within a very few years, however, farmers, health providers, advocates and social scientists began to talk about the increasing population of migrant and seasonal farm workers in Kentucky.

How does an inexperienced state respond appropriately? How can resources be deployed to address a relatively "new" population to our state? Is it possible to study the issue while simultaneously developing a sense of commitment and resolve to be good hosts to this unique population?

This report describes both the process of involving people across Kentucky to address MSFW issues and initial results of a status and policy report on the MSFW in Kentucky.

This research abstract was extracted from a portion of the proceedings of "Agricultural Safety and Health: Detection, Prevention and Intervention," a conference presented by the Ohio State University and the Ohio Department of Health, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

J.A. Myers, University of Kentucky, Hazard, KY; Gil Rosenberg, Univ. of Kentucky Cooperative Ext. Service.

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