Nebraska Extension in Kearney County

Pain in the BACK:  Preventing Back Pain in Agriculture

Back pain is the most common cause of job related disability. On average, health care costs for individuals with low back pain are 60% higher than individuals without back pain. These ailments not only impact older adults, but also impact youth as well. Due to the physical demands of the job, back pain and injury are common conditions that impact farmers and ranchers.

  • 37-41% of farmers report low back pain
  • In a study of 2536 high school students, 19.1% of teen farmworkers reported back pain compared to 12.4% of their non-farmworker peers

There are many things farmers and ranchers can do to prevent and decrease back pain while working on the farm. Taking rest breaks, stretching, exercise, maintaining good posture, and demonstrating safe lifting techniques are all simple steps that farmers and ranchers can take while working on the farm to prevent back injury. For more information on the management and prevention of back pain click on the link below.

Managing and Preventing Back Pain in Agriculture (PDF, 4 Pages, 798KB)

Nebraska Farmland Values, Rental Rates & Custom Rates

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Youth Science Field Day Invite Letter   (PDF, 1 page, 328KB)

2013 Evaluation Tract 1   (PDF, 2 pages, 185KB)

2013 Evaluation Tract 2  (PDF, 2 pages, 185KB)

2013 Holdrege Flyer  (PDF, 1 page, 119KB)

2013 Registration Form - Holdrege   (PDF, 1 page, 115KB)

2013 Lexington Schedule   (PDF, 1 page, 87KB)


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