Rehabilitating Disabled Farmers and Ranchers: A Priority in Rural Nebraska Thursday, September 2, 2021

Occupational and physical therapists are invited to “Rehabilitating Farmers and Ranchers with Disabilities.”  The day-long seminar is planned for Monday September 27, 2021 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. via Live Zoom conferencing. It is sponsored by Nebraska AgrAbility, Continuing Education Units have been applied for with NPTA and will be awarded for the seminar.

Most do not realize it, but when a farmer or rancher is discharged from care following an injury or serious illness, he or she is not only returning home, but is also returning to an industrial work site.

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Start the Conversation Friday, August 21, 2020

You are invited to check out the "Taking Care During Tough Times" series featuring strategies to improve your well-being and reduce stress during this challenging time. The four-part series, led by Dr. Christine Chasek, can be viewed on your computer or smart phone. Audio recordings are also available.

Taking Care During Tough Times Videos/Audio

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Brrrr...It's Cold Outside Friday, November 1, 2019

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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Think Safety as You Share the Road Saturday, September 1, 2018

A tractor backs up traffic on a paved road.It’s already starting. Farmers are hauling semi loads of grain. Ranchers are moving cattle and calves. Machinery is going to dealers for final checks before harvest begins. Farm machinery has hit the road – and it is time for everyone sharing the road to step up for safety!

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

ATrainer with a P.H.A.R.M. dog.re 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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