Schedule at a glance

Monday,Novermber 7
  Pre-Conference Sessions (Choose One)
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Tour of the Roudebush VA Hospital and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana

This tour consists of visits to the Richard L. Roudebush Indianapolis VA Medical Center, a large hospital serving veterans from a 45 county area in Indiana and Illinois, and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI), one of the premier rehabilitation hospitals in the state.  At the Roudebush VA Center, participants will visit multiple sites within the facility and learn about disability/rehabilitation issues affecting veterans.  At RHI, participants will see state-of-the art rehabilitation facilities and hear a presentation on traumatic brain injury.  Lunch will be on your own.  The fee for this session is $25.  This pre-conference tour is limited to 24 participants.
11:00 am – 4:30 pm Tour of Life Essentials

Life Essentials in Brookston, IN designs and builds assistive technology products to help individuals across the country gain their independence at home, work, and outdoors. These quality products are custom built and installed to meet the individual needs of the user.  Tour this unique facility to see some of the products that Life Essentials offers in addition to how they are manufactured and distributed.  The bus will stop on the drive up for lunch, and light snacks and refreshments will also be provided at Life Essentials.  The fee for this session is $40.  This pre-conference tour is limited to 10 participants.
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm New Staff Training

This session gives an overview of the AgrAbility Program for new staff member or those wanting a refresher.  Some topics covered include: a perspective from the USDA, the role of the National Project, resources available, evaluation procedures, and sources of help inside and outside AgrAbility.  Participants will also have opportunities to network with one another, NAP staff members, and USDA contacts.
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Worksite Assessments for Assistive Technology

Farmers often fabricate devices and processes to help them overcome their limitations but end up making modifications that may be more hazardous.  It is important for AgrAbility professionals to assess the possibility of secondary injury on assistive technology (AT), to prevent or minimize further injuries.  This session will include a hands-on segment where all participants will be involved in evaluating the secondary injury potential of selected assistive technologies used in agricultural work-sites.  The goal will be to assist AgrAbility staff in identifying hazards and recommending solutions.  The assessment tool will be reviewed and the participants will then go through a practice assessment.  The fee for this session is $20 for resources used in the session.
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Opening Reception
Tuesday, November 8
8:30 am – 10:00 am Opening Plenary Session
Farmer Panel
10:00 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Breakout Sessions with Special Farmer/Rancher Track
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch and Speaker
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Breakout Sessions with Special Farmer/Rancher Track
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Breakout Sessions with Special Farmer/Rancher Track
  Dinner on Your Own
Wednesday,November 9
8:30 am – 10:00 am Unconferencing Sessions
10:00 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Breakouts
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Breakouts
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Breakouts
  Benefit Auction for Farmer/Rancher Scholarships
Thursday, November 10
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Tours (Choose One)
  Exploring Agritourism and Niche Markets

This tour will explore the basics of agritourism beginning with a stop at the Tuttle Orchards. Here, we will see diversified horticulture business growing apples, vegetables, and greenhouse crops. Agritoursim, fruit production, greenhouse and vegetable will also be discussed. Next we will travel north to the Carley Elk Farm where we will explore the alternative livestock niche operation by touring the farm and pastures, sampling elk meat, and discovering the many uses of elk. Lastly, we will travel to the farm of an AgrAbility client to tour his operation and explore the modifications that he has done to his showpig operation and grain farm.
  Alternative Agriculture

This tour begins with a stop at an AgrAbility client’s farm where the client trains and shows horses.  Next we will visit a working livestock ranch, row crop farm, and private hunting preserve:the Presnell Plantation which  provides guests, youth, disabled veterans, the terminally ill and other deserving individuals and non-profit organizations with a place where they can enjoy many outdoor events and experiences.  Lastly we will visit Not Just Popcorn, a one-of-a-kind, family-owned popcorn facility.  We will watch as popcorn is popped, candy coated, and packaged for distribution through wholesale and retail outlets.  The tour ends with a tasting of some of their most popular flavors.

Last updated: 26-Oct-2011 1:28 PM

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Kylie Hendress
National AgrAbility Project
225 South University St.
West Lafayette IN 47907-2093

(800) 825-4264

Off-site events

Several sites are featured for the off-site event planned during the workshop this year.

Indianapolis Circle Of Lights