The farming, fishing and forestry industry is one of the most hazardous in the United States. The North Carolina Agromedicine Institute was established in 1999 to address this critical health and safety issue. Agromedicine promotes the occupational and environmental health and safety of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries communities through research, intervention/prevention, and education and outreach.
Located in Greenville, North Carolina on the West Campus of East Carolina University, the North Carolina Agromedicine Institute is a University of North Carolina inter-institutional institute whose partners are East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. In addition to its university partners, the Institute relies heavily on its collaborative partnerships with the agricultural community, other universities, businesses, health care organizations, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations who are dedicated to identifying and addressing the health and safety risks of farmers, foresters, fishers, their families and communities in North Carolina and surrounding states in the mid-Atlantic region (Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and eastern Tennessee).
The Institute’s goal is to reduce injury and illness by conducting research that leads to practical solutions and by developing effective educational approaches that benefit the agricultural community, rural health providers, and Extension educators. Ultimately we want farming, logging and fishing workplaces to be safe and healthy for all.
Dr. Greg Cope serves as Campus Coordinator for NC State University faculty affiliated with the Institute. Ms. Julia Storm serves as Agromedicine Information Specialist. Agromedicine projects led by Extension Toxicology faculty Dr. Cope, Dr. Catherine LePrevost, and Ms. Storm, include:
- Certified Safe Farm of NC and AgriSafe of NC (led by Robin Tutor-Marcom, Interim Director of the NC Agromedicine Institute), piloted in Duplin, Johnston, and Sampson Counties (project team pictured above),
- Pesticides and Farmworker Health Toolkit, and
- Understanding the Agricultural Health Study.