Free workshop for farmers and ranchers with disabilities

Oct. 10 — 2:15 p.m., Wolf Creek Wonders Club meeting.

Oct. 14 — 6 p.m., Rocky Mountain Riders Club meeting.

Oct. 14 — 6:30 p.m., Junior Stockman Club meeting.

Oct. 15 — 10: a.m., Mountain High Garden Club meeting.


Agriculture and mining are consistently the two most dangerous occupations in the United States over the past 25 years.

In Colorado, six out of 100 farmers and ranchers are likely to have work-related injuries this year. Historically in Colorado, the leading external causes of death have been suicide, animal incidents and tractor rollovers.

The Colorado AgrAbility Project is a Colorado State University Cooperative Extension program aiming to keep farmers and ranchers healthy and able to continue their agricultural operations by providing information, service and workshops to help assist farm and ranch families facing disabilities.

A variety of factors put Colorado’s farmers and ranchers at high risk of injury. Livestock are a major cause of injuries on farms and ranches. Injuries that result from animals tend to be more serious than other farm accidents. Also, exposure to pesticides and the associated depression, anxiety and inability to concentrate are postulated to be related to increased risk of agriculture-related injury.

Between 2000 and 2004, 19 percent of Colorado farm and ranch deaths were reported as suicides.

Make plans to attend one of these workshops by pre-registering one week prior to program so you can be provided with a free box lunch.

• Cortez: Nov. 5 at 1 p.m., Cortez Public Library conference room at 202 N. Park St., with Tom Hooten, (970) 565-3123.

• Durango: Nov. 6 at noon, Mercy Regional Medical Center, Three Springs Boulevard, Room A, with Bob Fetsch, (970) 491-5648.

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