Nebraska Extension in Kearney County

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)


Animals Inside & Out

Section 1: Introduction (PDF,  37 pages, 2.11MB )

Section 2: Management, Skeletal, Muscular, Digestive, Circulatory (PDF,  29 pages, 795KB)

Section 3: Reproduction, By-Products, Animals Close-Up (PDF,  30 pages, 1.66MB)

Field Day Resources: Flyer, Teacher Letter, Schedule, Evaluations (PDF,  9 pages, 682KB)

PowerPoint: Management - Symptoms of a Sick or Injured Animal (PPTX, 10 Slides, 5.51MB)

PowerPoint: NAE4HA Presentation (PPTX, 25 Slides, 25.5MB)

Field Day Schedule  (XLSX, 1 page, 13.02KB)

Customizable Field Day Schedule (XLSX, 1 page, 12.39KB)


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

Nebraska Farmland Values & Rental Rates

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New online course focused on feedlot horse handling and care
Apr 4 – A new online course from Nebraska Extension has been developed for feedlots to teach workers, pen riders and processors safe horse handling and care. Read more
Horseman's Update will be May 13 in Lincoln
Apr 4 – Horse owners are invited to the Nebraska Extension Horseman’s Update May 13 on East Campus of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Read more