National AgrAbility 2015 Training Conference in New York

The 2015 AgrAbility National Training Conference will cover issues of disability in the agricultural industry April 13–16 at the Hyatt Regency Rochester in Rochester, New York. The conference also will include tours of area farms and other attractions.

Lani Carlson, University of Maine Cooperative Extension AgrAbility project coordinator, says there are many reasons to participate in the training workshop.

“It provides a chance for rural professionals to get together with AgrAbility staff, as well as clients and their families from across the nation. The breakout sessions and tours will offer a variety of learning opportunities from some great speakers on timely topics geared specifically toward farmers and ranchers, and other topics concerning military veteran farmers,” Carlson says.

The keynote address will be given by motivational speaker Chris Koch who, born with no arms or legs, works on his family’s farm in Alberta, Canada.

Event registration and more information is online. More information about Maine AgrAbility is available online or by contacting Carlson at 944.1533, 800.287.1471 (in Maine) or

The USDA-funded national AgrAbility program assists farmers, loggers and fishermen with disabilities and chronic illnesses so they may remain active in production agriculture. In Maine, AgrAbility is a nonprofit partnership between UMaine Extension, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England and Alpha One.