Classes and Workshops

Below is a list of upcoming workshops that will be presented by Dr. Norman L. Dalsted, CSU Extension and by Candiss Leathers, Goodwill Industries Denver. “AgrAbility Business & Financial Planning” will be the topic. The workshops are for Colorado farm and ranch families who are dealing with illnesses, conditions, or disabilities and for professionals who work with them. Workshops are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a free box lunch provided for those who pre-register at least one week prior to the workshop. If you want to participate, please call or email Candiss Leathers (720-539-4435, or Norm Dalsted (970-222-5657;, or the Extension agent listed below for more information one week prior to the workshops.

Workshop Flyer

Topics: What is AgrAbility, How to Work Well with Ag Lenders and Bankers, & Saving Time and Money with Assistive Technology

About: As workers age, they are faced with increasing rates of arthritis, back pain, decreased strength/endurance, hearing impairments and other medical conditions.  These conditions increase the likelihood of slips and falls, being pushed by fast-moving livestock, accidents with machinery, and other dangers.  Assistive technology can help mitigate the impact of aging conditions and help older farmers work with more safety. The cost of assistive technology and safety is significantly less than the expense of injury on the farm. Join fellow Colorado farmers, ranchers, veterans, their families, and service providers at these upcoming workshops across the state. These free educational events are for individuals who are dealing with barriers created by illnesses, conditions, or limitations.

Workshops are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a free light lunch provided for those who pre-register at least one week prior to the workshop.

  • Aurora: Friday, February 2 ,  2018,  Arapahoe County Fairgrounds & Event Center, Room 1, 25690 East Quincy Avenue, Aurora, CO 80016 with Johnathan Vrabac (303-730-1920) or 719-661-2286
  • Craig: Tuesday February 6th, 2018, 539 Barclay St, Craig, CO. 81625 with JD Sexton 970-826-3402
  • Delta: Wednesday February 7th, 2018, County Courthouse 501 Palmer St. Delta, 814416 Rm 234, with Doug Dean, 970-244-1834
  • Mancos/Cortez: Thursday, February 8th, 2018, Southwest Colorado Community College, ITC Building, 33057 Highway 160, Mancos 81328-9196 with Tom Hooten (970-565-3123).
  • Greeley: Monday, February 12th, 2018, SW Weld County Service Center, large conference room, 4209 County Road 24-1/2, with Keith Maxey (970-304-6535 X 2075).
  • Fort Morgan: Tuesday February 13th, 2018, 914 E. Railroad Ave, Fort Morgan, 80701, with Jennifer Cooney, 970-542-3544
  • Pueblo: Wednesday, February 14th , 2018, County Extension office, 701 Court St. Pueblo, CO. 81003, with Tom Laca, 719-583-6566
  • Limon: Friday, February 23rd, 2018, Location: Limon Community Building , 477 D Avenue, south room, Limon, Colorado, with Travis Taylor, 719-82-0644

The presenters:

Norman L. “Norm” Dalsted, Ph.D. is an Extension Economist in Farm and Ranch Management and Professor with Colorado State University Extension. He was born and raised on farms in North Dakota, and has continued to work in custom harvesting work through his lifetime. He will present on how ranch and farm families can use when approaching bankers and other lending agents.

Candiss Leathers, VRT, M.A., is the Rural Rehabilitation Specialist and Manager for Colorado AgrAbility at Goodwill Industries Denver.  Her upbringing, education, and experience provide her with the essential tools to assist men and women actively engaged in the agricultural field with assessments and technical guidance.

James Craig, MA, JD, Ed.S., is a Rural Rehabilitation Specialist, Veteran outreach coordinator, with the Colorado AgrAbility Project at Goodwill Industries Denver. He grew up in NE Montana on a winter wheat farm/ Cow-calf operation. As a service disabled veteran combined with his agricultural background and academic degrees in Law, counseling, and psychology, Mr. Craig serves the broad spectrum of agricultural clients as well as the disabled veteran population.  

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