The Colorado AgrAbility Project

Serving the Needs of Colorado's Farm and Ranch Families With Disabilities

The Colorado AgrAbility Project (CAP) is a partnership between Colorado State University Extension and Goodwill Industries of Colorado. The program is funded in part by a grant from the U.S Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to provide information, education, and services to farmers, ranchers, agricultural workers and their families with disabilities, illnesses, or conditions. This unique collaboration promotes independence in production agriculture by helping workers find the help they need to begin, remain, or regain employment on their farm or ranch.

Thanks to the Colorado AgrAbility project, Colorado farmers and ranchers engaged in production agriculture are able to continue working, despite a long term illness, permanent injury, aging issues or other physical challenges.

Supportive Services Include:

No-cost on-the-farm or ranch visits to help make your home, shop, farm or ranch more accessible

Recommendations for farm equipment adaptation, home modifications, and adaptive equipment

Educational workshops facilitated by CSU Extension for farmers, ranchers and family members with disabilities and the professionals who work with them

Resource referrals

Events

More information and registration Here!
For questions, please contact Candiss Leathers at cleathers@goodwillcolorado.org or 720-539-4435.

The following program will be offered at each location:

  • Introduction to the Colorado AgrAbility Project- The Colorado AgrAbility project works with Colorado farmers and ranchers and their families engaged in production agriculture to assist them to continue working, despite a long-term illness, permanent injury, aging issues or other physical, cognitive, or behavioral challenges. James Craig and Candy Leathers will introduce you to our new staff as you learn more about the project which is a partnership between Colorado State University Extension and Goodwill Industries of Colorado.
  • Ergonomic Safety & Health in Agriculture- Ergonomics is the science of designing the job, equipment, and workspace to fit the worker, while maintaining the efficiency of people in the workplace. AgrAbility staff, Candy Leathers and James Craig will explore “work-related musculoskeletal disorders” and the use of ergonomics to aid in keeping workers safe, comfortable, and productive.
  • Mealtime keynote, Whitney Pennington, Outreach Manager for the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health, and Safety at CSU will feature an overview of personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as “PPE”. Learn about the kinds of PPE, when it’s necessary, and how to wear it to prevent exposure to farm and ranch health hazards. All workshop attendees will receive a free PPE kit (respirators, ear plugs, and more)
  • Drought and the Colorado River, Perspectives for Agriculture-Dr. Rebecca Hill will discuss the Colorado River Compact, current responses in face of drought and increasing water demands and the implications this could have on agriculture in the future.
  • Resiliency and Stress Management on the Farm and Ranch- Resilience is the ability to cope with and recover from setbacks. Agricultural can be a stressful way of life and while we can’t control the weather, market prices, or fuel costs there are many steps we can take to manage our stress levels and strengthen our relationships. Join Chad Reznicek MA, LPC, to learn about resiliency practices, stress management, and how to look out for those we care about.
Feb 10 2023

Colorado Springs, El Paso County Extension 17 N Spruce St Colorado Springs CO 80905 REGISTER HERE

Feb 17 2023

Sterling, County Logan County Extension Office 508 S. 10th Ave. Sterling, 80751 REGISTER HERE

Feb 23 2023

Ault-Pierce Fire Sation #2 601 2nd St Pierce, 80650 REGISTER HERE

Mar 01 2023

Limon, Community Building 477 D. Ave. Limon, 80828 REGISTER HERE

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