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AgrAbility Virtual National Training Workshop (VNTW)

The AgrAbility Virtual National Training Workshop is an annual web conference consisting of a series of webinars conducted over three days.

2014 AgrAbility Virtual National Training Workshop - December 2-4

Join AgrAbility for this three-day web conference featuring speakers from AgrAbility, USDA, and other organizations. Click here to access the online registration form by Wednesday, November 26

The preliminary schedule is:
    • Tuesday, December 2
      • 11:00 a.m. EST: Aging and Farmers: Understanding "Normal" and Adapting to Changes
        • Deborah Reed, University of Kentucky College of Nursing
          • This session is designed to assist in understanding the interface between normal aging and farm work. It is based on extensive research for over 20 years with farmers across the U.S. It includes strategies devised to maximize safe and satisfying farm work for farmers with and without disabilities.
      • 3:00 p.m. EST: Updates from NIFA on AgrAbility and Related Programs
        • Aida Balsano, USDA/NIFA
          • AgrAbility's NIFA program leader will discuss the latest developments at the federal level affecting AgrAbility and related programs.

    • Wednesday, December 3
      • 11:00 a.m. EST: Changes in Marketing: Integration of Messages across all Channels of Communication to Assure Success
        • Jerry Shafer, Purdue University Agricultural Communications
          • Digital technology is rapidly changing communications…into targeting! The old paradigm viewed learning as a transaction, but the new paradigm holds learning as a process. Learn how to identify your target audience, build your database, and engage in cost-effective, targeted marketing. A variety of mechanisms will be discussed, including social media, email, text messaging, and leveraging other organizations to help spread your message.
      • 3:00 p.m. EST: Agritourism: Accessibility and Profitability
        • Steve Swain, National AgrAbility Project/Indiana AgrAbility
          • Agritourism has become a growing enterprise on many farms. Agritourism includes CSAs, 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.

    • Thursday, December 4
      • 11:00 a.m. EST: Recommending Seating Supports for Agricultural Equipment
        • Carla Wilhite, Kevin Sullivan, and Mark Jaramillo, University of New Mexico-School of Medicine – Occupational Therapy Graduate Program
          • Agricultural machinery operators with disabilities often require one or more seating supports to function safely and effectively. In absence of a research foundation, specialists must make critical recommendations for seating supports based on experience and knowledge. The session will focus on findings from a recent feasibility study that trialed five different seating conditions using pressure mapping technology to investigate seated distribution of pressure, areas of high pressure, envelopment in the cushion material, and findings of significance between seat supports. Participants will increase their knowledge of seating support issues in tractors and critique current methods of assessing the seat interface for customers at risk for skin injuries when seated in tractors
      • 3:00 p.m. EST:Prostheses: What do Farmers and Ranchers Use; What do They Want?
        • Craig Heckathorne, Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center
          • The Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center conducted a study of prostheses used by agricultural workers with limb amputations and problems they are encountering. Results from the interviews and survey will be presented with recommendations for improving prosthetics service and prosthesis design.


    Visit the archives for the 2012 Virtual NTW here.

    Visit the archives for the 2013 Virtual NTW here.