Free Webinar Series to Focus on FinancesNebraska Extension is hosting a series of webinars aim to provide farmers and ranchers with financial principles they can apply to their own operations.
Extension Helps Growers Generate ResultsThe Nebraska On-Farm Research Network provides an opportunity for growers to get questions answered about their own fields.
From Research to RealityNebraska Extension has delivered research-based knowledge to people through direct teaching, experiential learning opportunities and publication.
Mueller Awarded for Preparedness EffortsMueller was honored for her efforts towards creating a stronger community through preparedness planning and disaster preparation to enhance community readiness and resilience.
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UNL Tractor Safety Course Offered Across Nebraska
Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety/Hazardous Occupations Courses will be offered at seven locations in Nebraska during May and June. Any 14 or 15-year-old teen who plans to work on a farm other than his/her parents’ should plan to attend.
Federal law prohibits youth under 16 years of age from working on a farm for anyone other than their parents or guardian. Certification through the course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and to do field work with mechanized equipment. (Learn More)
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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)