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Brrrr...It's Cold Outside Thursday, November 1, 2018

Winter WeatherCold weather is here or maybe it isn’t, after all we are living in Nebraska a state that is known for shall we say diverse weather! No matter the weather if you are farming there are chores that HAVE to be done every day, even if it is -40 with a 50 mile an hour wind.

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Protect Your Hearing Every Season Monday, June 4, 2018

Can you hear me now?  What’s that?  Say that again.  Are those common phrases around your farm or ranch?

One of the most common health problems among agricultural workers is hearing loss caused by work in noisy environments. Hazardous noise levels are produced by many kinds of ag equipment and animals.

Think about the noise when you are using tractors, combines, grain handling equipment and dryers, feed grinders, and chain saws.  Or, when you are around livestock, like squealing baby pigs.

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P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA Thursday, August 2, 2018

Are you ever out in the pasture and you have a stubborn cow, calf, sheep, or goats that won’t move, well to get them going is sometimes even more difficult with a disability. The program I am about to share with you is one of the best around, I may be personally biased, but this program is a saving grace to many farmers. It is called P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA.

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Can You Use Assistive Technology? Sunday, July 1, 2018

Assistive Technology?  Does it sound like something from the latest animated film?  Or, maybe what you’d use to give your computer extra memory or storage space?  AT is actually something folks with a disability use to get a job done – and often something others could use as preventive measures for chronic health conditions.

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Getting 'Back' on the Farm or Ranch Sunday, April 1, 2018

Back pain for farmers and ranchers is almost a given, often a topic of conversation at coffee or lunch.  In a program survey done in central Nebraska in 2012, 87-89% of ag producers asked reported some back pain, from occasional to severe.

What are the reasons?  Why are back problems so widespread among ag producers?

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Farm and Ranch Safety for Children Friday, March 1, 2019

Longer days, nicer weather, outdoor fun, or maybe a list of tasks to be completed are calling many of us out of the house. It is so easy to just “head out”. But when was the last time you took a safety inventory of your farm, ranch or acreage?

A health and safety inspection is something the whole family can be involved in. Not only can you find hazards – and take action to fix any problem – but it is also an excellent way to teach children safe and healthy situations.

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Make Farming/Ranching with Arthritis Easier Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Arthritis – it’s a chronic condition that most folks know something about, but most don’t think about until it affects them or someone they live with.

Arthritis is widespread in the United States, with over 50 million doctor-diagnosed cases. It is a condition that has been seen more and more frequently among farmers and ranchers, and, in recent years, has become a debilitating condition for some. It can reduce mobility, physical strength, and the ability to complete routine tasks.

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