IowaWatch Connection Podcast: Health Impacts Of Widely-Used Pesticides Uncertain

From our friends at Iowa Watch: Iowa’s wide expanses of row-cropped fields produced roughly 2.5 billion bushels of corn and 554 million bushels of soybeans in 2015. And for many, those high yields are thanks in part to pesticides. But what impact, if any, do those chemicals have on our health? It’s a controversial topic and the answer is hard to pin down. In many cases, those we spoke with said the jury is still out.

Farming among the country’s deadliest jobs

Farming, once again, is one of the country’s deadliest jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released preliminary occupational fatality data this week, revealing that farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers have the eighth-highest workplace fatality rates.