AgrAbility Project workshops offered
The health and safety of agricultural workers is not only a concern for themselves, but also for their families. They often just keep going because they know they want to be strong for their families. But they also need to take good care of themselves.
To assist agricultural producers who may have physical disabilities or suffer from a chronic disease which impacts their ability to run their farm or ranch, the Colorado AgrAbility Project will host two workshops in northeast Colorado in February.
AgrAbility can help by adapting equipment, making gear modifications, or other methods which might be better for the individual's overall health. With the help of Agrability, these agricultural workers can have the strength and vigor to not only manage their farm or ranch, but to also enjoy time with their family.
The 2013 workshops focus on "Gear for Working Smarter with AgrAbility." The presentation will show various types of adaptations which have been made in Colorado and across the country through AgrAbility. Representatives of cooperating agencies and organizations will also have examples of resources available to help farmers and ranchers.
Workshops in northeast Colorado will be Feb. 12 in Holyoke and Feb. 13 in Fort Morgan. The Holyoke workshop is at Phillips County Extension Office, 22505 Highway 385, Holyoke. The Fort Morgan program is at the Morgan County Extension Center, 914 E. Railroad in Fort Morgan. Each workshop is 9 a.m. to 12 noon and includes lunch for those pre-registered by Feb. 5.
Bob Fetsch, Colorado State University professor and AgrAbility 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 with a grant from National Institute for Food and Agriculture. In Colorado, it is coordinated by Goodwill Industries and Colorado State University Extension. To pre-register, or for more information about the Colorado AgrAbility Project, call Morgan County Extension at 970-542-3540, or contact Fetsch at 970-491-5648 or firstname.lastname@example.org.