Agriculture Occupational Exposures and Factors Affecting Health Effects

  • Tara M. Nordgren
  • Chandrashekhar CharavaryamathEmail author
Occupational Allergies (JA Poole, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Occupational Allergies


Purpose of Review

Agriculture environments contain a variety of inflammatory aerosols that may increase risk for lung inflammation and disease in exposed individuals. In addition, epidemiological studies have also identified protective effects of rural environments and farming exposures.

Recent Findings

In this review, we will discuss recent literature published since 2016 that investigates the impact of differing agricultural exposures on respiratory health.


Discussions include the impact of farming modernization, education, and personal protective equipment usage among workers, timing and duration in mediating lung health outcomes, and population studies investigating the association between exposure and risk for numerous lung diseases.


Agriculture Work exposure Health effects Factors affecting 


Funding Information

Dr. Nordgren’s research is supported by NIEHS (R00ES025819). Dr. Charavaryamath’s research is funded through a startup grant from Iowa State University and CDC-NIOSH pilot grant (5 U54 OH007548).

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance •• Of major importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tara M. Nordgren
    • 1
  • Chandrashekhar Charavaryamath
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Division of Biomedical Sciences, School of MedicineUniversity of California RiversideRiversideUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary MedicineIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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