Posted by: Patricia Hysong | August 17, 2014

RightRisk News

RightRisk, risk management education products developed by the RightRisk Education Team. RightRisk is an innovative risk research and education effort to help farmers or ranchers understand and explore risk management decisions and evaluate the effects of those decisions.
 

Agricultural Act of 2014 – Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO)

The Agricultural Act of 2014 establishes SCO as an endorsement that attaches to and is made part of your common crop insurance policy. SCO mimics the coverage offered by your individual crop insurance plan to provide coverage for a portion of your insurance deductible using county-wide yield data when it is available…

Risk Management Profile

Art Fillizar and his wife Leinani Aku own and operate Fillizar Ranches. They have always been a cow-calf operation, marketing their beef mostly through local markets. Keeping the ranch in the black is increasingly difficult with recent droughts and increasing input costs…

To read more on these topics, read their August 2014 issue of RightRisk News.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

 

 

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | August 13, 2014

SAREC Open House & Field Day

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Extension Center, (SAREC) Open House & Field Day will take place on Thursday, August 21, 2014 in Lingle, Wyoming.

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Click here for more information.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | August 6, 2014

Living & Working on the Land

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Join keynote speakers Ken Meter from the Crossroads Resource Center, and Fred Kirschenmann, Leapold Center Distinguished Fellow, for the upcoming Living & Working on the Land. This years conference, celebrating rural life and focusing on The Building Blocks of Success, will be held in Sheridan, Wyoming on September 3-4, 2014. Sessions will include:

  • Backyard poultry
  • Horse Health
  • Beekeeping
  • Women on the ranch
  • Growing small fruits
  • Making local food systems work
  • Small scale dairies
  • Alternative energy
  • Ag of the future
  • Horse boarding
  • And more

If interested in accomplishing more with their property, this conference will help connect owners of farms, ranches and rural acreage with sustainable and profitable practices that will increase the potential of long-term success and growth of rural life.

Early registration ends August 15th and there are scholarships available.  Register now by contacting Kacy Atkinson at 307-777-6319 or at kacy.atkinson@wyo.gov.

For more information visit www.blocksofsuccess.org or contact Cole Ehmke at 307-766-3782 or at cehmke@uwyo.edu.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | July 14, 2014

News from the National AgrAbility Project

 

AgrAbility featured in PN magazine

Down on the Farm, by Devon O’Brien/PN magazine, views AgrAbility through the lens of two success stories.

PDF version

About the author: Devon O’Brien works an editorial coordinator for PVA Publications. Her previous writing includes covering food and travel at Midwest Living, Food Network Magazine, Kraft Food & Family and Diabetic Living.

Check out more information from the National AgrAbility Project.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | July 7, 2014

More Wyoming Photography

Here are a few more shots of this great state.

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This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

 

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | July 4, 2014

July 4th

Labor Day Flags

Happy Independence Day

 

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

 

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | June 27, 2014

Wyoming is Beautiful!

I consider myself lucky and blessed to live in Wyoming. Having had the opportunity to travel the southern and western parts of the state quite a bit recently, the beauty of Wyoming has been amazing, thanks in no small part to the amount of precipitation we have received over the last winter. Here are a few photos that will hopefully encourage you to get out and enjoy what this great state has to offer.

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This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | June 20, 2014

What inspires you?

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Want some inspiration?  Take a look at this video:

Farmer Without Limbs Inspires

Thank you, Randy Weigel for sharing this video from KSL.com.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | June 13, 2014

National Aphasia Awareness Month

June is National Aphasia Awareness Month.

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Aphasia is a communication disorder that impairs one’s ability to process language. It is usually the result  of a traumatic brain injury or a stroke. Aphasia affects the ability to talk, listen, read and write but cognitive skills and abilities are typically not impaired. People with aphasia struggle with the ability to communicate thoughts that they are thinking and feeling. They know what they want or need to say but because of the injury to the brain, can not put  the words together to get that information out. Intellectually, most are at the same level they were prior to the brain trauma.

Difficulties and frustration can abound for both the patient and friends and family that have to deal with this disorder on a daily basis. Imagine knowing what you want to say but being unable to get it out or find the correct words to express yourself. It can be a struggle to say the simplest things not to mention have extended conversations with anyone.

Key tools to help eliminate some of the frustration are things like:

  • Consider joining a support group for those with aphasia and their families. Having that support can be critical when going through such a life changing event.
  • Keep distractions to a minimum. Allow the patient and the person they are trying to communicate with a quiet space to concentrate on the conversation without other things going on around them.
  • Talk to and treat the patient like an adult. Do not speak to them as if they were a child. Don’t finish sentences or fill in words unless they have requested help and don’t pretend to understand them if you do not.
  • Don’t shout unless there is also a hearing problem. It will not help.
  • Make eye contact when speaking.
  • Encourage the use of visual aids if the person is okay with using them. Use hand gestures such as pointing and use pictures to help them more easily discuss common topics or needs. Many picture books are available or working with the individual to make a personalized communication tool can be extremely helpful.
  • Include the person in the conversation and check with them to ensure that they are understanding what is being said, but don’t push as this may cause frustration.
  • As their confidence increases and they become willing, try taking them out to practice communicating and understanding in real-life situations.
  • Provide the person with aphasia with an ID card that explains their speech problem and how best to communicate with them. Also include contact information for family members or caregivers so that you can be reached if help is needed.

Many who suffer from aphasia can and do recover with proper care and with the ability to work with speech and language therapists. Having a strong relationship with those professionals AND family or caregivers that work diligently to help improve the patients ability to communicate is key but it is not an overnight process. It can easily take up to two years and not everyone will fully recover but in most cases, there can be significant improvement.

Contact Brain Buddy, the National Aphasia Association and Medline Plus for more information.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

Posted by: Patricia Hysong | May 28, 2014

Tree Health and Wildfire Risk Reduction Workshop

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Individuals from the Wyoming State Forestry Division, the Albany County Fuels Mitigation Program, and others will be meeting to dis­cusss steps rural residents can take to keep trees healthy and to reduce the risk of wildfire damage to cabins, homes and other property. Tour a property where many of the tactics being discussed have been implemented and find out what actions can be taken by property owners that may make this and future fire seasons less costly and dangerous for owners and firefighters alike.

When: June 10, 2014 at 5:30pm

Where: Adams property near Vedauwoo

Directions: Turn off I-80 east-bound at the Happy Jack exit. Turn right & follow frontage road to Blair-Wallis Road, turn left and follow the signs.

RSVP: Call Albany County UW Extension office at 307-721-2571 or email kelliec@uwyo.edu.

Sponored by Barnyards & Backyards, Wyoming State Forestry Division, Laramie Rivers Conservation District, Albany County Weed & Pest and University of Wyoming Extension.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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