February 24, 2016  

National workshop to include AgrAbility 25th anniversary celebration

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Bill Field, Purdue professor of agricultural and biological engineering and a leader in AgrAbility since its inception 25 years ago, demonstrates a Life Essentials Pilot Lift, a seat designed to help farmers with disabilities get into the driver’s cabin of a tractor, combine, truck or other tall vehicle. (Purdue Agricultural Communication photo/Darrin Pack)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 2016 AgrAbility National Training Workshop in Colorado will feature a celebration of the organization's 25th year of helping people with disabilities stay productive in agriculture.

The workshop will be held April 11-14 at the Fort Collins Marriot in Fort Collins.

Professionals and other participants from across the country will participate in plenary sessions, breakouts, tours, networking and special events. There will also be silent and live auctions and tours of local agricultural enterprises and rehabilitation facilities.

"The AgrAbility National Training Workshop is an opportunity for AgrAbility staff, rural professionals, farmers/ranchers and farmer veterans to interact with and learn from each other," said Kylie Hendress, AgrAbility program engagement coordinator. "In addition, they will come together to celebrate 25 years of AgrAbility's accomplishments and advancements in agriculture."

Keynote speakers are Temple Grandin, a nationally renowned professor of animal science at Colorado State University who was diagnosed with autism as a child, and Amberley Snyder, a motivational speaker who began barrel racing again after she was paralyzed in a car accident.

Registration is open now and closes on April 8. Registration fees are listed on the national training workshop website. Rooms are available for $109 per night at the Fort Collins Marriot Hotel until March 11. To register, visit www.conf.purdue.edu/agrability16

Writer: Megan Tarter, 765-496-6734, metarter@purdue.edu 

Source: Kylie Hendress, 765-425-3914, khendres@purdue.edu

Agricultural Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson, robins89@purdue.edu
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