Farmers with arthritis

Tips for continuing to produce food and fiber.

Steve Lovejoy, professor and Michigan State University Extension specialist suggests that arthritis is not an ailment that forces farmers to quit farming. Producers can get valuable information about these best management practices from Michigan AgrAbility staff at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO at the Devos Place Conference Center and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids on December 8-10, 2015.

Arthritis, it’s not a glamorous subject. But for many farmers, it is a fact of life that is dealt with on a daily basis.

During this year’s Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO, Michigan AgrAbility will present a workshop that will provide some tips on how to work smarter in spite of arthritis. Participants will also learn the signs of carpal tunnel syndrome and how to slow or prevent its spread. The workshop will be presented by Ned Stoller, Michigan AgrAbility and Amber D. Wolfe, M.S. of the Arthritis Foundation. They will demonstrate some technologies farmers can utilize to reduce pain caused by work, and where the technologies can be sourced. They will also discuss how AgrAbility can recommend sound solutions to physical limitation on the farm and assist in obtaining the technology.

AgrAbility will also be present on the trade show floor, in booth 1238-1240, with Life Essentials who will be demonstrating a lift and other accessibility tools.

For more information on the seminar, visit the website!