2016 Summit Announced

Organic Valley to Host AgrAbility Summit, March 23

CASHTON, WI- AgrAbility of Wisconsin and Organic Valley are pleased to announce the 2016 AgrAbility of Wisconsin Summit, set for March 23 at Organic Valley’s new Cashton location.

The free, annual event is set to include a farmer panel, succession planning information, a tour of Organic Valley’s new facility, networking, and more. Registration will begin at 9 AM, with the first session kicking off at 9:30. Lunch will be provided at no cost to attendees.

Summit logo 2016[04o6]“I can speak for our whole team when I say I’m excited about this year’s summit,” said Hannah Barthels, AgrAbility Outreach Specialist. “This new partnership with Organic Valley is sure to add value to our farmers’ attendance. We are glad to be able to provide this platform for learning, networking, and planning for the future.”

The new Cashton Office Building (COB) is under construction and scheduled to be completed in early 2016. “Organic Valley is excited to host the 2016 AgrAbility Summit at our new Cashton Office Building,” said Mark Pfeiffer, director of employee services at Organic Valley. “We look forward to providing a space for farmers and their families to come and learn from each other and from professionals in agriculture and medicine.”

COB is being constructed with the best-in-class sustainable building strategies and practices. Some of the sustainability features include achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, which will include installing geothermal heating and cooling, solar electric and solar hot water systems to offset some of the facility’s energy usage, LED lights, and much more.

Register by March 9th by calling 608-262-9336 or email agrability@wisc.edu. Registration is also available here.

AgrAbility of Wisconsin is a partnership that combines the disability expertise of Easter Seals Wisconsin with the educational networking capabilities of the UW-Extension to provide a comprehensive program for farmers and their families affected by disabilities. AgrAbility helps farmers and their families continue to farm safely and successfully.

Basic RGBOrganic Valley is a farmer-owned cooperative representing more than 1,800 organic farmers in 35 U.S. states, Canada and Australia—it is America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and a leading organic brand. Focused on its founding mission of saving family farm culture through organic farming, the co-op produces over 200 organic dairy, egg, soy and produce products sold nationwide. Organic Valley is an organic pioneer committed to helping grow and strengthen the organic industry.

AgrAbility of Wisconsin Promotes Success in Agriculture for Farmers with Disabilities. For more information, contact the office at (608) 262-9336 or visit www.agrability.bse.wisc.edu.