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 HICAHS Newsletter


 Stats on the HICAHS Region

Did you know that the USDA conducts a census of agricultural operations every 5 years? According to the 2017 Census within the HICAHS Region there are:

  • 152,620 farms and ranches with over 300,000 workers (hired, migrant, and unpaid).
  • 212 million acres of farmland, with the average agricultural operation having 1,391 acres. This is 24% of the nation’s farmland!
  • Nearly 15% of all annual cattle and calf sales in the U.S.
  • One-third of U.S. wheat is produced in the HICAHS region.
  • The HICAHS dairy research area accounts for 13% of annual U.S. dairy receipts, a total of $4.9 billion.

The HICAHS Region includes the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

Established in 1991, HICAHS is one of ten national Agricultural Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to conduct research, education, and prevention/intervention programs to improve the health and safety of those working in agriculture, forestry, and fishing in the United States. We focus our efforts on the High Plains and Rocky Mountain region in the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

Research Areas

Worker health and safety is essential to sustaining a productive work environment. The agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries have the highest rate of on-the-job fatalities in the United States. Our multidisciplinary team is helping to solve this public health problem through sound research and interventions on topics such as tractor roll-overs, respiratory disease, traumatic injuries, mechanical hazards, and musculoskeletal stress. The dairy industry is a special emphasis area of HICAHS.

HICAHS Vision & Mission

Vision: To be the preeminent scientific authority, resource, and site for innovative strategies that improve the health and safety of agricultural and forestry workers and their families in the high plains intermountain region and beyond.

Mission: To be a dynamic catalyst for transdisciplinary research, training, and outreach that reduces the burden of human morbidity and mortality in agriculture and forestry in the high plains intermountain region and beyond. Our projects are driven by ongoing stakeholder feedback identifying priority health and safety needs of regional agriculture and forestry.

HICAHS is an officially recognized Center at Colorado State University and the staff of HICAHS are part of various universities. A large portion of the staff (including the administration) is part of the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences at Colorado State University.