Karen Funkenbusch Poster – Women

Women in Ag: Safe Animal Handling Resources through AgrAbility and eXtension 

Karen E. Funkenbusch, Director/PI, Missouri AgrAbility; Linda Fetzer, Co-PI/Project Manager, PA AgrAbility, Pennsylvania State University and Kayla Funkenbusch, Graduate Student, Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice


Karen Funkenbusch is the state Director for the Missouri AgrAbility Project and Agricultural Safety and Health Instructor, Agricultural Systems Management Program in the College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources at the University of Missouri.

Learning objectives:
1. Participants will be able to list three new, reliable, and relevant resources for Women in Agriculture: Safe Animal Handling.
2. Participants will be able to help women in agriculture involved in animal handling reduce the potential risk of injury.
3. Participants will about to communicate how to access resources, connect with agriculture safety and health professionals and join eXtension Ag Safety and Health CoP.

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Discuss this presentation with the authors on Wednesday, November 18 from noon – 12:30 on the Zoom Live-stream


Missouri and Pennsylvania AgrAbility Projects worked with the Ag Safety and Health Community of Practice (CoP) and the Women in Ag Learning Network’s Enhancing Educational Programming for Beginning Farm and Ranch Women to develop safe animal handling resources for women in agriculture. The vision of AgrAbility is to enhance the quality of life for agricultural producers with disabilities, so that they, their families, and their communities continue to succeed. For this target audience of women in agriculture, “success” may be defined by their ability to access assistive technologies, appropriate ergonomic equipment and relevant resources for them to safely handle livestock and prevent secondary injuries. New resources for women in agriculture are found at https://proxy.qualtrics.com/proxy/?url=https%3A%2F%2Farticles.extension.org%2Ffarm_safety_and_health&token=Dba42mMUPAnPOu2x34cYRflI7DdEwBRFJ0VInVxKBsk%3D.

The aim of eXtension is to provide resources for extension educators. The eXtension Ag Safety and Health CoP, obtains its content from the Cooperative Extension system based at land-grant universities, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health agricultural centers and research-based credible sources. The Ag Safety and Health CoP has more than 90 members that work together to provide, produce, and review agricultural safety and health information. Check out the CoP site, https://proxy.qualtrics.com/proxy/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fag-safety.extension.org%2F&token=dXLY4l9n3yxGw3TAwS3ZUGBIdcMudpw42p1nM2wRmcE%3D, to learn how you can join and access links to usable resources.