Injured? Disabled? There’s help to keep farming

A program delivered through CFAES will help disabled Ohioans continue to farm, and you can learn more about it in an upcoming event.

OEFFA workshop on Ohio AgrAbility

During the 42nd annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), Laura Akgerman and Rachel Jarman will present a workshop called “Ohio AgrAbility: Assistive Technology to Keep You Farming.”

Part of a national program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Ohio AgrAbility is delivered by CFAES in partnership with Easter Seals.

“Ohio AgrAbility promotes success in agriculture for Ohio’s farmers and farm families coping with a disability or long-term health condition,” the program’s website says.

“Agriculture consistently ranks as one of the nation’s most dangerous occupations,” the website says. “Each year, agricultural workers in Ohio experience injuries that limit their ability to perform essential tasks.”

Akgerman is disability services coordinator for Ohio AgrAbility. Jarman is a rural rehabilitation coordinator with the program.

Their workshop is set for 10–11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12.

Details, registration

The OEFFA annual conference, Ohio’s largest such event dedicated to sustainable agriculture, runs from Feb. 10–15 online. Included among its 60-plus speakers are 10 from CFAES and Ohio State. The deadline to register is Feb. 8.

Find details on the program and registration.

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