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AgrAbility helps keep farmers down on the farm

Helen H. Richardson

Farmers are getting older.  At one time, the physical challenges driving them from the farm are now being overcome with the help of a program called the AgrAbility Project reports the Denver Post.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 22-state program helps older, disabled farmers stay on the job as long as possible. 

538 individuals have been helped in Colorado where the program is a joint effort of Goodwill Industries of Denver and Colorado State University. 

 CSU was awarded $720,000 to fund the program for another four years.  Goodwill contributes an additional $35,000 annually.

A series of one-day workshops will be held in Burlington, Lamar, Aurora, Greeley, and Sterling from January 26 to February 4.

People interested in attending the free workshops should register by calling Candiss Leathers at 720-539-4435 or e-mailing her at cleathers@goodwilldenver.org; or Norm Dalsted at 970- 222-5657 or norman.dalsted@colostate.edu.

The workshops run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and they include a box lunch for those who preregister at least one week prior. For locations and more information, contact the respective extension agents:

Jan. 26: Burlington, Ron Meyer, 719-346-5571

Jan. 27: Lamar, Bruce Fickenscher, 719-438-5321

Feb. 2: Aurora, Sheila Gains, 303-738-7943

Feb. 3: Greeley, Keith Maxey, 970-304-6535, ext. 2075

Feb. 4: Sterling, Bruce Bosley, 970-522-3200, ext. 285