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HELPING RURAL COLORADOANS MAINTAIN EMPLOYMENT

HELPING RURAL COLORADOANS MAINTAIN EMPLOYMENT

Thanks to the Colorado AgrAbility program, a unique partnership between Goodwill, Colorado State University Extension Services, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Colorado farmers and ranchers are able to continue working, despite a long term illness, permanent injury, aging issues or other physical challenges. This critical collaboration promotes independence for agriculture workers by providing direct assistance, technological support and education to address and overcome their functional limitations.

Supportive Services Include:

  • Agricultural work sites and task assessments
  • Recommendations for farm equipment adaptation, home modifications, and adaptive equipment
  • Resource referrals
  • Educational workshops facilitated by CSU Extension for farmers, ranchers and family members with disabilities and the professionals who work with them

Contact: (720) 539-4435

Dusty Franklin runs a custom hay business and farms meat goats near Kersey, Colorado. He has severe Osteoarthritis in his back, which makes it difficult to keep up with the manual labor of running his farm. AgrAbility and the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation were able to find him the funding to purchase a swather that will help him cut hay. Hear more about Dusty’s AgrAbility story in his testimonial above!

WINTER WORKSHOPS WITH AGRABILITY

The AgrAbility Program supports Colorado farmers, ranchers, and agricultural workers with workshops to support their well-being and successful business operations. Previous workshops include a Veterans Workshop, Agricultural Mediation Workshop, and a Women in Agriculture Workshop.

Check out our Women in Agriculture Workshop below and contact Candiss Leathers if you are interested in learning more!

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