Determinants of work hours among a cohort of male and female farmers 50 years and older in Kentucky and South Carolina (2002-2005)

Jennifer L. Marcum, Steven R. Browning, Deborah B. Reed, Richard J. Charnigo

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The average age of United States farmers has been increasing for 20 years. The objective is to examine the factors associated with hours worked among farmers age 50 and older. A cohort of Kentucky and South Carolina farmers (n = 1394) over age 50 were surveyed annually during 2002-2005. Of those that reported any farm work, males worked 24 mean hours/week and females worked 14 mean hours/week. Greater satisfaction and more experience farming, increased acreage, and presence of animals significantly increased estimated hours farmed, whereas chronic health problems, although prevalent, had a minor role in determining work hours.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-173
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Agromedicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This project was funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) grant number R01OH4157. The authors would like to thank those who aided in data collection and cleaning for this grant: Mary Kaye Rayens, Lorraine Garkovich, Jan B. McCulloch, William Turner, Charles Privette, Becky Fields, Donna Daniels, Erin Lee, Deborah T. Claunch, Susan Westneat, and Mei Zhang. The authors appreciate the statistical support of Susan Westneat of the University of Kentucky as well as the research support and editorial assistance of Dr. Wayne Sanderson and Teresa Donovan, respectively, Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention.


  • Aging farmer
  • Farmer work habits
  • Older farmer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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