AgrAbility National Training Workshop Encore Webinars 2024

Webinar Date: June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25, October 23, November 20

Join AgrAbility for six webinars from some of the most requested sessions of the 2024 in-person National Training Workshop

Each one-hour webinar begins at 3:00 p.m. EDT on the given Wednesday. 

  • June 26: “How to Develop Financial Sustainability for Your Organization”
    • Developing financial sustainability to support your organization’s work and mission is a critical part of successful programming. This workshop will focus on practical and implementable approaches to sustain and grow your programs. Learn the basics of fundraising and development, and how these principles can be applied to your situation. We will also discuss the different types, sources, and uses of funds that will help diversify revenues and strengthen the overall health and well-being of your organization.
      • Kent Schescke, National AgrAbility Advisory Team
  • July 24: “Building Capacity for Farm Stress Resilient Communities”
    • Staff from the GA Department of Behavioral Health and the University of Georgia will discuss the Farm Stress Production Meeting Model (FSPM) and how the future well-being of Georgia farmers can be improved by developing healthy coping mechanisms and stress reduction techniques which can lead to a reduction in farm stress.
      • Jennifer Dunn, GA Dept. of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, and Benjamin Reeves, University of Georgia
  • August 28: “Creating a Program to Educate OTs & PTs on Rehabbing Farmers and Ranchers”
    • Many OTs & PTs do not have experience in farm culture, farm work, and farm assistive technology. Nebraska holds a CEU-accrediting course each year to educate them on farm culture, farm work, and farm AT. This presentation will break down what they do to prepare for the day, how they recruit OTs & PTs, what is educated on during the 8-hour day, how a farm visit with an AgrAbility client is conducted, and resources that may assist in these cases. OTs & PTs also go away with some treatment ideas to implement into practice.
      • Emily Jacobson, Easterseals Nebraska & Nebraska AgrAbility
  • September 25: “Creating Reliable Plans for DIY Assistive Technology”
    • This session will discuss creating reliable peer reviewed plans for do-it-yourself (DIY) agricultural assistive technology. Do you use YouTube to learn about DIY projects? Is that a reliable source of information that produces safe and effective results? The MWPS (Midwest Plan Service) is a university-based cooperative distributing peer-reviewed farm and equipment plans.
      • Ned Stoller, Michigan AgrAbility/NAP, and Jeff Kratochwill,  AgrAbility Wisconsin
  • October 23: “Farming Like It’s 2024: Equipment and Technologies for Disabled Farmers”
    • Assistive technology (AT) can be anything bought or made that helps to increase the functional capabilities and independence of individuals who face limitations in each area of their lives. As technology continues to bring cutting edge equipment and innovation to today’s agriculture, many items are suited to enhance production especially for farmers with disabilities. This session will highlight equipment suited to improve production, increase income, while putting fewer physical and mental demands on farmer. From autonomous tractors, robotic milkers, and robotic garden weeders to exoskeletons new technology can increase success for farmers with disabilities and changes lives in agriculture.
      • David Middleton and Karen Funkenbusch, University of Missouri, and Susan Jaster, Lincoln University
  • November 20: “A Novel Approach to Pain Management For Farmers” + “Let’s Mooove: Movement and Self-Massage for Longevity & Productivity on the Farm”
    • This session will describe two Maine AgrAbility programs. (1) Maine Farmers tend to consider pain to be an accepted part of their work regardless of the consequences. Maine AgrAbility worked with an occupational therapy doctoral student from the University of Southern Maine on a study of “Managing Pain on the Farm, a Tool for Farmers.” (2) Acquire a simple set of skills through Let’s Mooove that will provide tools to care for your body every day. Built around your work day and tasks, and in as little as few minutes each hour, you can begin using mobility and stability exercises to cultivate strength and flexibility for the long haul or harvest.
      • Brie Weisman and Antonia Small, Maine AgrAbility, and James Wall- University of Southern Maine