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AgrAbility workshops to be held in Holyoke, Ft. Morgan


Colorado

Getting out of bed can be difficult for a person with rheumatoid arthritis or muscular sclerosis. For ranchers and farmers with these diagnoses, running their agricultural operation can be nearly impossible.

To assist agricultural producers, the Colorado AgrAbility Project will host workshops in Northeast Colorado in February. The workshops provide information to farm and ranch families with disabilities, as well as professionals who work with them. Workshops will have details on programs, resources, and tools to help operate their businesses despite physical challenges.

The 2012 workshops focus on "Getting Around Better on Your Farm or Ranch with AgrAbility." Workshops will be Feb. 7 in Holyoke and Feb. 8 in Fort Morgan. The Feb. 7 workshop is at Phillips County Extension Office, 22505 Highway 385, Holyoke. The Feb. 8 program is at Morgan County Extension Center, 914 E. Railroad, Ft. Morgan. Each workshop is 9 a.m. to 12 noon and includes lunch for those pre-registered by Feb. 1.

Bob Fetsch, Colorado State University professor and project director says, "Sometimes simple steps like retrofitting a tractor with a swiveling seat and extra rails and steps can be enough to get ranchers or farmers back to work. These workshops teach ranchers and farmers about changes they can make to help them work their businesses."

Colorado AgrAbility is funded by a National Institute for Food and Agriculture grant. It is coordinated by Goodwill Industries and Colorado State University Extension. To pre-register, or for more information about the Colorado AgrAbility Project, call Dr. Bob Fetsch 970-491-5648, email robert.fetsch@colostate.edu.



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