Research & Development of Ergonomic Tools & Equipment for Women Livestock Farmers

Period of Performance: 04/17/2015 - 12/31/2015


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

New Tripoli, PA 18066
Firm POC, Principal Investigator


Some 30% of U.S. farm operators are women, and an unspecified number of "farm wives" and other female helpers also perform farm chores. Despite anatomical, physiological and anthropometric characteristics that place women at elevated risk for some farm injuries, women have typically had to use agricultural tools and equipment ill-suited to their frames, physical strengths etc.Green Heron Tools, LLC, demonstrated via a prior SBIR grant that tools scientifically / ergonomically designed for women provide significant benefits, including enhanced productivity, greater comfort and reduced injury risk, and are commercially viable. The applicant proposes to use focus groups, interviews and surveys to research the tool and equipment needs of women livestock farmers - a large subset of female farmers, whose work with animals increases their injury risk -- and to design adaptations or innovations to meet those needs.Anticipated results include tools that are easier, safer and more effective to use for women farmers; a reduction in farm injuries, which contribute to U.S. health care costs, reduce the viability of farming for women and can have adverse impacts on availability of safe, nutritious, local food; a lowered risk for musculoskeletal disorders, a leading disability cause; and enhanced quality of life for women livestock farmers.