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AgrAbility anniversary to take place

Thursday, August 25, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE -- AgrAbility will celebrate its 20-year anniversary in November with its premier training conference featuring commemorative events while also addressing issues of disability in agriculture.

Professionals and consumers from across the country will participate in four days of plenary sessions, breakouts, tours, networking and special events during the AgrAbility National Training Workshop.

The workshop, Nov. 7-10, will take place at the downtown Indianapolis Hilton Hotel and Suites, 120 W. Market St.

"The AgrAbility National Training Workshop is an opportunity for AgrAbility staff, rural professionals and farmer clients to interact with and learn from each other in addition to coming together to celebrate 20 years of AgrAbility's accomplishments and advancements in agriculture," AgrAbility engagement coordinator Kylie Hendress said.

Conference highlights will include:

* Dinner with keynote address by Lynnae Ruttledge, commissioner of the U.S. Rehabilitation Services Administration,

* Pre-conference tours of the Richard L. Roudebush Indianapolis VA Medical Center, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana and Life Essentials, a designer and maker of assistive technology,

* A panel of farmers who represent AgrAbility's 20-year history, and

* Tours of AgrAbility client farms, agritourism enterprises and alternative agriculture sites.

Registration is available online until Nov. 4, at www.conf.purdue.edu/agrability. For further information, log on to http://workshop.agrability.org/2011/, for additional conference and hotel information.

Hotel reservations at a special rate for attendees are available until Oct. 14.

There will be no on-site registration.

The National AgrAbility Project is offering a limited number of scholarships to farmers, ranchers and other agricultural workers with disabilities and their spouses or caregivers to attend the conference.

The deadline to submit a scholarship application is Sept. 2. An application form is available on the conference website.

AgrAbility, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, consists of the National project led by the Breaking New Ground Resource Center at Purdue.

AgrAbility also includes state and regional projects serving 25 states, each involving collaborative partnerships between land-grant universities and various non-profit disability services organizations.

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