Agricultural Health Study

Since 1993, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have conducted the Agricultural Health Study in Iowa and North Carolina to evaluate the health of pesticide applicators and their families. Altogether, about 90,000 individuals are participating.

In Iowa, private pesticide applicators, spouses of private applicators, and commercial pesticide applicators-a total of over 58,000-are helping researchers learn more about agricultural exposures, lifestyle choices, and health. By including a large group of individuals engaged in agriculture and updating their information about every five years, the study team will be able to learn more about factors that are important to good health.

Understanding the Agricultural Health Study

  1. Part 1: Overview (PDF)
  2. Part 2: Pesticide Exposure (PDF)
  3. Part 3: Health Findings (PDF)

Ag Health Publications

  1. National Agricultural Health Study Publications
  2. EDC 258 Buccal Cell Collection -- Agricultural Health Study (pdf available)
  3. EDC 259 Retinal Degeneration in Licensed Pesticide Applicators -- Agricultural Health Study (pdf available)

Page last updated: January 30, 2019