AgrAbility to host training workshop on disabilities in agriculture

Americas, February 20 2017

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.: The 2017 AgrAbility National Training Workshop (NTW) will take place March 20-23 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Chris Bell sits next to his tractor that has been equipped with a lift device and hand controls so he can operation it from his wheelchair. (Photo by Emily Knight/Mississippi State University Extension Service)

“The AgrAbility NTW is the foremost educational event addressing issues related to disability in agriculture,” says Paul Jones, manager of the National AgrAbility Project based at Purdue University. “The conference provides professionals and consumers from across the country the opportunity to gain valuable technical knowledge, make important networking contacts and learn about new technologies from vendors.”

The four-day event will include workshops, tours, networking opportunities and special events.

Sessions include beginning farmer programs, agriculture as therapy, preventing secondary injuries, urban gardening, poultry farming, farming with a brain injury, universal design on the farm, assistive technology for agriculture, veterans in agriculture and caregiving.

On March 22, there will be a banquet and benefit auction featuring keynote speaker Ashlee Lundvall. After Lundvall was paralyzed in a ranching accident in 1999, she has become an ambassador for accessible recreation and has been named Ms. Wheelchair USA.

The auction raises funds for farmers and ranchers to attend the conference.

For more information, visit www.agrability.org/ntw and register online for the conference and banquet at www.Conf.purdue.edu/nta17. Registration closes on March 16 and there is no on-site registration available.

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