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February 10, 2013

National AgrAbility workshop set in Lexington, Ky.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Farmers and other professionals with disabilities can receive training and learn about issues related to disability in agriculture at the 2014 AgrAbility National Training Workshop.

The workshop will be March 31 to April 3 at the Downtown Lexington Hilton, 396 W. Vine St., Lexington, Ky. Participants can attend preconference sessions, breakouts, tours and special events. Participants can also attend a banquet with a benefit auction for farmer and rancher scholarships.

A keynote address will be given by Josh Bleill, a Marine corporal and community spokesperson for the Indianapolis Colts. Bleill is a disabled war veteran who was activated for a tour of duty in Iraq in 2006 and lost both of his legs. He is author of a book, One Step at a Time: A Young Marine's Story of Courage, Hope, and a New Life in the NFL.

"The AgrAbility National Training Workshop is a great opportunity for farmers, rural health professionals and AgrAbility staff to come together to network with each other and to participate in special tours and breakout sessions regarding farming with disability," said Kylie Hendress, AgrAbility engagement coordinator based at Purdue University.

Session topics include beekeeping; aquaponics; agritourism; marketing products; assistive technology for agriculture; veterans in agriculture; women in agriculture care giving; and how to manage and cope with disability.

Hotel rooms are available at a conference rate of $95 per night. Online hotel reservations must be made by March 7. Participants can get detailed conference information at http://workshop.agrability.org/2014/ and register with the online registration form at www.conf.purdue.edu/agrability. Early-bird registration ends March 7, and final deadline is March 28. There will be no on-site registration.

For more information, contact Hendress at 765-494-6679 or khendres@purdue.edu.                       

Writer: Jennifer Piotrowski, 765-494-8402, jpiotrow@purdue.edu 

Source: Kylie Hendress, 765-494-6679, khendres@purdue.edu

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