Arthritis and Farming
By Linda Langelo, CSU Horticulture Program Associate
Arthritis is a debilitating disease that afflicts some 54 million citizens in the United States. This disease does not discriminate across age, gender or race. Farmers are among the afflicted. Being a farmer is a massive job where you need your body to be flexible and in minimal pain to farm effectively. This is not to exclude ranchers and gardeners. Unfortunately, farmers are at a higher risk for arthritis according to the Arthritis Foundation. Yes, all types of farming operations and farmers can be in this group. Beyond the main types of farming operations of corn, wheat, millet and potato farms, the photos below demonstrate the varied types of farms which include tree nurseries, watermelon/cantaloupe farms and organic farming just to name a few.