Farmers dealing with disabilities can find tips on how to cope and continue farming in a series of 15 new fact sheets from Ohio State University Extension's Ohio AgrAbility Program.

The publications are designed to provide 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. "They provide useful information on health and various strategies that can be used to help with a particular issue in farming."

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 for free download at http://ohioline.osu.edu/lines/farm.html#FSAFE . They are:

  • "Farming with Lower Extremity Amputation," AEX-981.9-11: Amputations of toes, feet or legs can pose a specific set of limitations to those involved in agriculture.
  • "Farming with Upper Extremity Limitation/Amputation," AEX-981.10-11: Amputations of fingers, hands or arms can pose a specific set of limitations to those involved in agriculture.
  • "Secondary Injury Prevention: Understanding Concussions," AEX-981.11-11: A focus on mild traumatic brain injuries known as concussions. Includes signs and symptoms of concussions.
  • "Secondary Injury Prevention: Repetitive Motion," AEX-981.12-11: Repetitive motion injuries are linked to type of work conducted, the tools used and the design of the work area.
  • "Injury Prevention: Types of Cold Stress," AEX-981.13-11: Awareness of cold stress injuries associated with completing farm tasks in adverse weather conditions.
  • "Injury Prevention: Working in Cold Weather," AEX-981.14-11: Reducing the risks of prolonged exposure to cold, wet and windy conditions in a farm environment.
  • "Managing Arthritis When Farming," AEX-982.1-11: Strategies to minimize the effect arthritis has on completing farm tasks.
  • "Farming After a Stroke," AEX-982.2-11: A look at the demands associated with farming when recovering from a stroke.
  • "Preventing Heart Disease," AEX-982.3-11: Preventive methods to reducing the risk of heat disease in agricultural workers.
  • "Managing Stress for a Healthy Heart," AEX-982.4-11: Reducing the stresses associated with farming to increase heart health.
  • "Farming with Parkinson's Disease," AEX-982.5-11: Awareness and strategies for farming with Parkinson’s disease.
  • "Farming with Diabetes," AEX-982.6-11: A resource based on daily farm activities and limitations associated with diabetes.
  • "Assistive Technology for the Farm," AEX-983.2-11: Devices, modifications or services that will help a person with a disability work and live more independently on the farm.
  • "Initial Farm Injury Emergency Response," AEX-984.1-11: Guidelines to handling the initial response to a traumatic farm incident or injury.
  • "Primary Caregiver for a Farm Family Member," AEX-984.2-11: A resource to assist those who are primary caregivers in an agricultural or rural setting.

"The fact sheets help farmers, growers and producers to continue to be productive in order to maintain their lives and livelihoods on the farm, and reduce the potential for secondary injury that may be caused by an original disability," McGuire said.

For more information about the Ohio AgrAbility Program, visit http://agrability.osu.edu or contact McGuire at 614-292-0588, mcguire.225@osu.edu