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September 2012


Maine AgrAbility has developed a stretching poster for dairy farmers to post in their barns. The poster illustrates a 5-minute stretching routine to increase strength, flexibility, and balance during the day. It encourages the activities before starting a new job as well as during repetitive tasks to release muscle tension and increase range of motion. The poster was distributed during Maine Farm Days in August by AgrAbility staff.

Maine AgrAbility also conducted a survey of over 150 participants at Maine Farm Days asking about their boots and backs. This data will be compiled to identify where education can be focused to encourage farmers to think about proper footwear and better lifting techniques.

Submitted by Lani Carlson