Serving the Needs of Nebraska's Farm and Ranch Families Affected by Disabilities.
AgrAbility: From Obstacle to Achievement
By LORI POTTER
Hub Staff Writer
MINDEN — Kyle Jensen knew the wood floor of a trailer he used on his farm northwest of Minden to haul water to the sprayer needed to be fixed, but he just didn't get around to it.
Then in 2001, he fell through a hole in floor, rupturing a disk in his back. After surgery to repair the disk, he had nerve damage and constant pain.
"It was always a hinderance," Jensen said. "And I had aggressive arthritis that then wasn't controlled by meds." (click here for entire article)
Occupational and physical therapists attended a day-long seminar "Rehabilitating Nebraska Farmers and Ranchers with Disabilities" on April 10th at the Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center in Gretna. It was sponsored by the Nebraska AgrAbility Project, a joint effort of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and Easter Seals Nebraska. During the day the participants were able to go to the farm of AgrAbility client Ed Sholting to see first hand the accomodations that were made so he could continue to farm. This seminar is held once a year usually in the spring the location varies each year. Watch this website for information about the 2015 seminar.
Farmers - Prevent or Reduce Pain
Men and women in the farming population often experience pain during daily chores and throughout the day (low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, arthritis, and so on). One might say that pain is just "part of the job" when it comes to farming. However, this does not have to be the case.
There are countless things farmers can put into practice during their daily routines that can help prevent pain, or reduce it. Getting into the habit of stretching every morning is a great way to prepare the muscles for the physically-demanding chores farmers complete on a regular basis.
"Safe Lifting" is ensuring the body is in the proper position for lifting an object, such as a bag of feed or a pipe. Usually, when we're in a hurry, we just bend over and pick up something without giving a thought to whether we are keeping our backs safe.
You can download the daily stretching routine as well as safe lifting techniques by clicking on the links below.
If you have questions about these stretching exercises, or for further information regarding muscle and joint pain prevention, contact Anna Lewandowski at AnnaLewandowski@creighton.edu .
Nebraska AgrAbility Project
Since 1995 Nebraska AgrAbility has helped individuals with disabilities overcome barriers to continue in their chosen agricultural profession. The program collaborates with community professionals to:
- Modify farm and ranch operations
- Adapt equipment
- Increase farmstead accessibility
- Provide financial counseling
- Identify funding sources
- Coordinate community services.
- The National AgrAbility Project and its state programs are supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through a competitive grant process.
The National AgrAbility Project and its state programs are supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through a competitive grant process.
New! National AgrAbility YouTube Channel.
AgrAbility: It's About Hope! The USDA-sponsored AgrAbility Program serves farm families touched by disability. A disabling injury, illness, or lifelong disability can challenge anyone's hope, especially when the individual has been engaged in the physically demanding occupation of agricultural production. AgrAbility's mission -- for the last 20 years and into the future -- is to enhance and protect quality of life and preserve livelihoods, and support and promote growth and independence.
Upcoming Nebraksa AgrAbility Dates
Women In Ag Conference-Kearney
NOTA Annual Conference-Omaha
National Training Workshop-Rochester, New York
Husker Harvest Days-Grand Island