Farmers Can Remain Productive and Stay on the Job Well into Their 60s, 70s, and Beyond

In the U.S. last year, the median age for domestic farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers was 56.4 years old. That’s the highest median age of any major occupation tracked by the government’s Current Population Survey for which data was available. Technological advancements have made it easier for them to work longer, according to agriculture workers and experts. Many farmers who need help because of aging or disability, turn to Agrability, a partially government-funded program that helps them more easily maintain their farms.

For farmers with considerable mobility issues, Agrability may recommend equipment manufacturers of assistive technology. For others who are battling arthritis or the wear and tear of age, options include different watering or harvesting methods, rigging additional lighting to tractors for improved visibility. The program also may recommend using more automated equipment or installing handrails to help workers better navigate the farm.

Read more in the Portland Press Herald.