The annual AgrAbility of Wisconsin Summit was hosted by Organic Valley in Cashton on March 13, 2018. The day started with a welcome presentation from Theresa Washburn, Organic Valley’s Director of Members Affairs, Crystal Siemers-Peterman, the 70th Alice in Dairyland, and AgrAbility staff.
AgrAbility Summit’s kickoff presentation was conducted by Jeff Kratochwill and Ami Cooper, Easter Seals Wisconsin Rural Rehabilitation Specialists. The specialists covered types of assistive technology commonly used by farmers and illustrated how each can make tasks on the farm a little easier on the body.
During the day, a panel discussion was held on farm succession and transition planning and participants had the opportunity to tour the Organic Valley Cashton building as well as take part in a chair stretching session.
The final presentation of the day, “The Fog of Stress” by John Schutske, Professor at UW-Madison and Extension Specialist in Safety Engineering and Agricultural Health, gave a phenomenal overview of how the daily stresses of farming and life can have a long-term impact on the mind and body. He also talked about coping mechanisms and strategies to handle stress in a healthy manner.