AgrAbility Harvest 2022 An ingathering of helpful information on disability in agriculture

Volume 13, Number 1
Cover Story

Reunions are popular types of gatherings, and they come in a variety ofGroup of women stand in dairy barn as one of the women attempts to pet a cow. forms: family reunions, class reunions, military reunions, homecomings, and many others. They’re important for reconnecting with friends, making memories, sharing histories, and renewing vision for the future.

AgrAbility had an important reunion this past spring. After being canceled for two years due to the pandemic, the National Training Workshop (NTW) was held March 14-17 in Madison, Wisconsin. Organizers thought that, due to lingering pandemic-related issues, 150 people at most might attend; however, nearly 200 participated. The crowd was clearly eager to meet face-to-face again for education, networking, and reenergizing.

In additiBill Field, Brad Rein, and Bob Aherin stand in ballroom smiling at camera.on to the NTW, during the past year National AgrAbility also sponsored regional conferences in Montana, Kansas, Tennessee, and Ohio. The success of these events served to further reinforce the importance of, and appetite for, in-person gatherings.

As encouraging as reunions are, one often challenging aspect of them is remembering those who are no longer with us. On page 7, you can read about two such people AgrAbility lost from its family during the past year.

A silver lining of the pandemic was increased capacity for virtual connections,Four women and four men stand behind conference display table looking at camera. One man is in wheelchair. and AgrAbility took advantage of web technologies to expand its outreach through highly successful events like the AgrAbility Virtual State Fair and the 2021 AgrAbility NTW Virtual Sessions. While these helped compensate for the loss of in-person events, AgrAbility thrives on high-touch, personal contacts and relationships that can’t be fully appreciated in an online context.

If yoMan sits in lift to raise him into equipment while other man looks on. Wheelchair in foreground.u haven’t experienced an in-person AgrAbility event, or if you have and you can’t wait for the next opportunity, there are plenty of options. See On the Horizon for information on upcoming regional and national AgrAbility workshops.

A Closer Look
A.T. Corner
Resources for Success
Partner Updates
On the Horizon