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AgrAbility workshop set for Colorado

Photo courtesy of National AgrAbility Project at Purdue University farmer being lifted from wheelchair to tractor seat
HELPING HAND: AgrAbility is a national organization that helps farmers who would be well served with assistive technologies get the help they need to continue working. A free workshop is scheduled for Feb. 13 in Fort Morgan, Colo.
Feb. 13 event offers help and hope for folks dealing with a range of physical limitations.

Farming is hard work, and over time it takes its toll on farmers and agricultural workers. Increasing rates of arthritis, back pain, decreased strength and endurance, and other medical conditions are not uncommon. Those conditions boost the chances of slips and falls and other potential safety issues.

Assistive technology can help reduce the impact of aging conditions and help older farmers work more safely. And the cost of assistive technology is less than the expense from a farm injury.

AgrAbility is a national organization and movement aimed at helping farmers bring in assistive technologies to enhance safety and productivity on the farm. Colorado farmers and ranchers can access a workshop set in northeast Colorado on Feb. 13. The free educational event is for individuals dealing with barriers created by illnesses, conditions or physical limitations. Topics to be addressed include:

• explanation of AgrAbility and its services
• how to work well with ag lenders and bankers
• saving time and money with assistive technology

The workshop lineup of speakers includes:

• Norman Dalsted, Extension economist in farm and ranch management, Colorado State University. He will present strategies ranch and farm families can use when approaching bankers and other lending agents.

• Candiss Leathers, rural rehabilitation specialist and manager for Colorado AgrAbility at Goodwill Industries Denver, who will provide attendees with essential tools to assist men and women engaged in farming with assessments and technical guidance.

• James Craig, rural rehabilitation specialist and veteran outreach coordinator for Colorado AgrAbility, will bring his expertise working with disabled veterans. He is a service-disabled veteran who provides expertise serving a broad spectrum of ag clients and the disabled veteran population.

The event is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Morgan County Extension Office, 914 E. Railroad Ave., Fort Morgan, Colo. A free light lunch is provided for those who pre-register at least one week before the workshop. To register, call Candy Leather, 720-539-4435; or Jennifer Cooney, 970-542-3544.

Source: Colorado State University

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