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February 2012


Farmers, growers, and any agriculture workers dealing with a disabling condition can find tips on how to cope with their condition while continuing to farm thanks to fifteen new fact sheets from the Ohio State University Extension's Ohio AgrAbility Program.

The fact sheets are designed to provide useful information and resources to any farmer or agricultural worker who has a disability, injury, or illness, said Kent McGuire, Ohio AgrAbility program coordinator.

"Much of the focus of this series of fact sheets is on helping farmers prevent injuries, including secondary injury, and how to manage serious conditions such as arthritis or Parkinson's disease while being able to continue daily farm activities," he said.

The fact sheets also seek to provide farmers with tips on how to use assistive technology to be able to remain productive on their farms and can be useful to any grower or producer, McGuire said.

"They provide useful information on health and various strategies that can be used to help with a particular issue in farming," he continued. "The fact sheets help farmers, growers, and producers to continue to be productive in order to maintain their life and livelihoods on the farm and reduce the potential for secondary injury that may be caused by an original disability."

This group is the second in a series of 40 new fact sheets the Ohio AgrAbility Program is planning to produce over the next year. This second set is available to download as PDF files now at Topics are:

For more information about the Ohio AgrAbility Program, contact McGuire at or 614-292-0588, or visit the website at

Submitted by Kent McGuire