Archive

 The National AgrAbility provides archives from their AgrAbility National Training Workshop.  Check out the links below to find useful guides and how to’s for various aspects of farming and ranching.

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Onsite Farmstead Medication Assessments to Prevent Injury and Improve Safe Medication UseDescribe the impact of medication-related agricultural injuries and identify ways to improve safety and decrease these risks.
Intro to AgrAbilityWhat is AgrAbiilty & Combat Injuries
Assistive Viewing Technology to Improve Agricultural SafetyThis session will discuss research focused on the application of current technology associated with assistive viewing, enhancing rear view though the minimization of “blind-spots,” for operators with and without physical impairments, and the application of visual monitoring to other high risk agricultural locations.
The AgrAbility MissionNational AgrAbility Project Structure
Living With and Accommodating a Hand Injury: A Personal ExperienceThe purpose of this presentation will be to share his personal experience of injury, recovery, and accommodation, with a focus on lessons learned as an individual with a disability a family member and a service provider which all offer a unique perspective.
Aquaculture and Aquaponics: Methods, Species, and PotentialThis presentation will cover the basic methods of aquaculture and aquaponics and the speices grown in Kentucky. This will include information on how to get started, what resources are available and what the options are in Kentucky for on farm open water systems, enclosed recirculating systems, and urban aquaponics systems.
Adaptive Recreation for Folks with DisabilitiesThis presentation will address the importance of recreation for a person’s quality of life, what types of activities are available and the adaptive equipment needed to participate.
Managing Arthritis When Working in Cold WeatherThe cold of winter is the time of year that many farmers and ranchers with arthritis dread. A three month vacation to a warmer climate is not an option for a working agriculturalist. Preventing cold weather arthritis can be challenging. Using heavy tools, feeding livestock, driving machinery, climbing and mobility all become even more hazardous with the change in the weather. However, by using the suggestions discussed in this session, outdoor work in the cold can be done safely while managing arthritis pain.
Agritourism: Accessibility and ProfitabilityAgritourism has become a growing enterprise on many farms. Agritourism includes CSA’s, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, farm markets, and many other enterprises. But is it right for you? This session will provide an overview of agritourism from selecting an enterprise to safety, accessibility and liability concerns. Additional resources will be provided so an informed decision can be made.
The Changing Landscapes of Spousal Relationships Post Brain InjuryBrain Injury survivors present unique changes in their recovery process post injury. There are many impacts and changes as well for the people who surround them but especially for a spouse. Recovery for a brain injury is a life-long and ongoing process presenting a continuing landscape of changes for the relationship. Aspects of the changes will be discussed along with the importance of the spousal relationship in the BI survivor’s recovery. Resources on how to help these caregivers will be offered.
Modern BeekeepingLearn about the history of the honey bee, how to raise bees and produce honey, and manage hives.
Are Sheep or Goats in Your Farming Future?Explore the feasibility of a sheep or goat enterprise for your farm or ranch operation. Identifying potential markets; species and breed selection; flock/herd size determination; production cycles, best management practices and physical demands of the farmer/rancher will be discussed.
Is More Better? Technology and Brain InjuryAs opposed to conventional assistive technologies, for a person with a brain injury, other kinds of technology such as iPads or similar devices can offer many opportunities.
Farm to Market - How to Plan and Market Products for the ConsumerThis session will discuss how to choose products for your farm and then will show how to market these products and bring additional value to your farmer and income.
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Grants and the Beginning Farmer ProgramOn-Farm Research Grants are one of seven grant opportunities offered by Southern SARE to promote sustainable agriculture practices across the Southern region. On-Farm Research Grants are specifically for Extension agents, Natural Resources Conservation Service personnel, university researchers and non-governmental organizations that conduct on-farm research with one or more farmer/rancher collaborators. Research results are designed to help the farmers they work with find solutions to various agricultural production issues.
AgrAbility AT in a Box for Farmers and RanchersRural agricultural communities have a large population of farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers that face potential income loss if they are not able to work due to a physical change from an illness, accident or general age-related change. This session will provide examples of how AgrAbility works with these populations. Techniques used to assist individuals perform ther essential job functions will be discussed. The session will also review how the combination of an Ergonomic Onsite Assessment and AT in a Box helps rural workers perform a task they thought otherwise not possible
Back Pain ManagementCommon causes of back pain as related to anatomy will also be discussed. Certain conditions suffering from back pain will be addressed to include osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease, among others. Next, proper posture and body mechanics used to prevent back pain will be covered. Within this topic, the special interest requested of injury prevention for caregivers will be addressed. Finally, the McKenzie method for mechanical diagnosis and treatment will be described as an option for back care.
Introduction to Holistic ManagementHolistic Management offers a set of management tools that work particularly well for farmers and ranchers. This presentation is an introduction to the principles and practices that define the concept.
Ergonomics for Women in AgricultureLearn about the anatomical differences that make ergonomics for women in agriculture a challenge. Also learn about the few hand tools designed for women, and some adaptations for the “one size fits all” tools to make them more useful for all.
Marketing My Wayhis session will take a look at Ed Bell's strawberry farm and explore many marketing ideas for a Midwest farm. Ed will also show and discuss some of the modifications he has made to his farming operation in order to accommodate his spinal cord injury. This session will focus more on the business modifications and also, to a lesser degree, his assistive technology.
The Seeds for Success - Farm Service Agency Farm Loan ProgramA presentation on the different types of loans that is available from the Farm Service Agency. It will discuss their uses, terms, interest rates, and general eligibility requirements.
Business Planning BasicsSelf employment provides the flexibility that is sometimes needed by a person with a disability to earn an income and remain employed. When exploring self employment, a business plan is very highly recommended and sometimes required by a lending institution or Vocational Rehabilitation Services. This workshop will present the basics of a business plan; provide some resources for information required in a business plan; templates to start writing a business plan: and show an example of a VR authorized and funded business plan.
Estate Planning BasicsThis class covers powers of attorney, healthcare directives, will, trusts and the significance of each document. It will also cover probate avoidance and tax planning issues
Alternative Production Systems for Farmers with Disabilities: Local Food and BeyondLocally produced food is a hot topic. Small scale farming operations are in demand. Small scale production can be an excellent opportunity for a farmer who experiences limitations. AgrAbility professionals can help connect customers with production alternatives. Small scale and alternative production opportunities (such as high tunnels and market gardens) for farmers with disabilities will be discussed
Low Back Injury PreventionLow back disorders (LBD) can limit the normal use of the back. Several work-related factors can increase a person's risk for developing LBD. These include heavy physical work, lifting and forceful movements, bending and twisting, whole-body vibrations, and static work postures. All of these are common within the agricultural field. There are also several personal factors that can increase a person's risk for developing a LBD. These factors include, but are not limited to, daily living practices such as sleeping, standing, sitting, and physiological factors such as waist circumference, range of motion, and muscular endurance. However, many LBDs are preventable and evidence has shown the risk for developing LBD can be decreased through stabilizing approaches such as modified daily living practices and exercises that are specific to the trunk and the core. This session covers and demonstrates these approaches.
Cattle Ranch Operations and the Challenges of Ranching with a DisabilityThis session will provide education about the cattle ranching lifestyle and how ranchers and cowboys with disabilities cope with everyday struggles to care for their livestock. The presentation will focus on ranching in the western United States (Idaho, Utah, and Nevada) and how traditional ranchers and cowboys handle livestock. It will also focus on how ranchers with disabilities continue the traditions of the western heritage of “ranching.”
Accessible Recreation on Public LandsFirst, we will be explaining the ADA mandate for accessibility; federal agency commitment to provide equal opportunity to access public lands; and how the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies go about providing for accessibility. The second portion will be devoted to explaining accessible hunting, skiing, fishing and horseback riding and include challenges to the sportsperson; rewards for the sportsperson when engaging in these activities; and assistive technology devices and resources that allow sportspeople with disabilities to more fully participate in these activities.
Universal Design: Taking it to the Barn!Universal Design is the creation of products and environments meant to be usable by all people, and to support an expanding demographic of people living with a wide array of disabilities, age-related limitations, and chronic health conditions. In the agricultural setting, features of Universal Design can be utilized to improve the usability of the farmstead by creating an environment that works seamlessly for disabled workers and their families. The goal of using Universal Design concepts for an existing farmstead is not to entirely redesign the farmstead but to make a range of changes that result in the farmstead being a comfortable, user- friendly, safer place to live and work.
Marketing Alternatives for Small FarmsSmall farms are more likely to have specialty enterprises rather than commodity-based enterprises. This means that alternative marketing options will need to be utilized to sell items produced on these farms. The session will explore a variety of direct and wholesale marketing techniques.
Selecting a Livestock Enterprise for a Small FarmBefore going into livestock production take a good look at the physical assets on the farm and see how they relate to that enterprise. This program will cover feeds, fencing and health for animals.
Coping with Nervous System Disorders such as Parkinson's Disease This session will emphasize the importance of early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease and discuss the many treatments that are available for patients. First-hand experience from the presenter will be shared, highlighting the impact of the disease on daily activities.
Ready to Ride: Continuing an Active Lifestyle with Horses after an Arthritis Diagnosis The horse industry is a very large and important part of our national, state, and local economies. It is diverse, involving agriculture, business, sport, gaming, entertainment, and recreation. One out of every 63 Americans are involved with horses. With the majority of horse owners living in rural areas (over 70% of horse owners live in communities of 50,000 or less) and working in rural occupations, they are just as likely to be affected by arthritis and its related diseases as a farmer involved in production row crops or other large livestock.
This session will discuss strategies for continuing to work with horses while managing the effects of arthritis.
Fit in 10: Exercise Recommendations that Work Even for Individuals with Disabilities This workshop will cover the new recommendations, show examples of standard exercises and the modifications for those exercises
Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities Building on this online presentation, participants will learn about the core components of emergency management: prevention, preparedness, mitigating, responding to and recovering from various forms of disasters. The focus will be on those who live in rural areas that may be isolated from emergency services.
Spinal Cord Injury from Research to RehabilitationSpinal cord injury (SCI) causes a major change in a person's life as well as his or her family. Many questions arise regarding possible research therapies for paralysis and other health complications associated with SCI. As individuals with SCI prepare to return to their families, jobs, and communities, they must learn about architectural accessibility, electronic aids for daily living (EADL), seating and mobility, and other assistive technology (AT) tools. Major challenges and obstacles to living with SCI will be discussed.
Alternative Milking Systems for Farmers with DisabilitiesThis session will discuss practical ways to convert a milking system from a flat barn to a milking parlor and how that can enable a farmer to independently milk his cows. Low-cost design options for milking parlors and other modification will be described. It will also be explained how milking equipment can be assistive technology for various physical impairments.

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