Household youth on minority operated farms in the United States, 2000: exposures to and injuries from work, horses, ATVs and tractors

J Safety Res. 2005;36(2):149-57. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2005.01.002.


Introduction: It is likely that youth living on minority operated farms (<3% of U.S. farms) face hazards similar to the general farm population; however, since minority youth are not well represented by general farm surveys, this information hasn't been confirmed.

Method: Nonfatal injury and exposure data were obtained from the 2000 Minority Farm Operator Childhood Agricultural Injury Survey (M-CAIS).

Results: On racial minority farms, there were an estimated 28,600 household youth. Of these, about 41% worked, 26% rode a horse, 23% drove an ATV, and 23% operated a tractor. On Hispanic farms, there were an estimated 17,998 household youth. Of these, 44% worked, 30% rode a horse, 27% drove an ATV, and 25% operated a tractor.

Conclusions: These results show the value of conducting a survey of minorities to identify high risk groups and target issues that may be unique to the minority farm population.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Agriculture*
  • Animals
  • Child
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Horses*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Minority Groups*
  • Occupational Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Off-Road Motor Vehicles*
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Wounds and Injuries / etiology