National AgrAbility workshop set for Minneapolis

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Professionals and farmers with disabilities can receive training and learn about issues related to disability in agriculture at the 2013 AgrAbility National Training Workshop.

The workshop will be held April 8-11 at the Doubletree Hotel Bloomington-Minneapolis South, 7800 Normandale Blvd., Minneapolis, Minn. Participants can attend preconference sessions and tours, breakout sessions featuring speakers from around the country and tours of local agricultural enterprises.

Target audiences include AgrAbility staff members; AgrAbility customers and their families; USDA, Extension and rehabilitation professionals; and suppliers of products useful to AgrAbility customers.

"The AgrAbility National Training Workshop is a great opportunity for AgrAbility staff to get together with professionals from other areas as well as our clients and their families," said Kylie Hendress, AgrAbility engagement coordinator. "Our breakout sessions and tours will give them a chance to learn from some great speakers on timely topics."

The workshop's goal is to empower professionals and consumers to fulfill AgrAbility's four priority areas of education, networking, assistance and marketing. Session topics will include assistive technology devices and equipment, agriculture opportunities for people with physical or developmental disabilities, eXtension and social media.

Additionally, participants can attend sessions devoted to agricultural production and learn about financial planning for agribusinesses; funding opportunities, such as Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grants and U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency loans; how to market their products; and estate/succession planning.

Participants can get detailed conference information at workshop.agrability.org/2013 and register with the online registration form at http://www.conf.purdue.edu/agrability . Early-bird registration ends March 15 Registrations after that will be accepted until April 5 but will include a late fee. For more information, contact Hendress at 765-494-6679 or khendres@purdue.edu



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