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Seminar on ‘Farming Safely with a Disabling Condition’

A public seminar on ‘Farming Safely with a Disabling Condition’ will take place at the Teagasc Food and Innovation Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15 on Thursday, 4th September from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm. The principal speaker at the seminar will be Dr William Field, Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University, Indiana, USA.

Professor Field leads the Indiana AgrAbility programme called ‘Breaking New Ground, which assists farmers with disability to modify their farms and equipment to continue to farm successfully. The Breaking New Ground Resource Centre at Purdue University is recognised internationally as a source of information on assistive technology for agricultural worksites.

Professor Field also provides leadership for Purdue University’s outreach programme on agricultural health and safety programme throughout the State of Indiana. This includes research, training and advisory components.

Dr Shane Whelan recently completed a doctoral degree conducted at both Teagasc and the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science, and findings of his research will also be presented at the seminar. This study found that 6% of farmers in Ireland reported a disability, that dissatisfaction existed with the level of service available and that both farm income and off farm employment were reduced following acquiring the disability.

Dr Robert Stutridge, will present the finding of a scoping exercise he has conducted on setting up an AgrAbility type service among farmers in Ireland. Dr Stutridge has completed his PhD at Purdue University on disability service provision under the supervision of Professor Field and has experience of provision of this service in the U.K.

Attendance at the Seminar is free of charge. Persons wishing to attend should book a place at 051 644537, or by emailing john.g.mcnamara@teagasc.ie