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March 2009

National AgrAbility Project News

Proposals are now being accepted for breakout session presentations at the 2009 Grand Rapids AgrAbility National Training Workshop (NTW). More

The first AgrAbility all-staff call of 2009 has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 8 at 3:00 EDT; 2:00 CDT; 1:00 MDT; 12:00 PDT. More

The NAP is scheduled to conduct an online survey related to AgrAbility standing committees and communities of interest. More

Amber Wolfe is the new Arthritis Foundation, Indiana Chapter AgrAbility Coordinator for the NAP. More

State and Regional AgrAbility Project News


Indiana AgrAbility and the National AgrAbility Project are collaborating with the Northwestern University Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (NURERC) to study the durability of prosthetic components used by agricultural workers. More


During the month of February the Missouri AgrAbility Project was out and about across the state and region for events such as the 29th Annual Small Fruit and Vegetable Conference, the 2009 Western Farm Show, and the Southern Cotton Ginners Association Mid-South Farm & Gin Show. More

Jackie Allenbrand, AgrAbility Rural Outreach Specialist-Northwest Region, Midland Empire Resources for Independent Living, presented an AgrAbility and P.H.A.R.M. Dog program. More

On February 25th,the Vice President of “The Standing Company” was in St. Joseph at the Midland Empire Resources for Independent Living. More


Through RME funding, AgrAbility provided sponsorship to the PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture's (PASA) Farming for the Future conference in February. More

Coming soon to an occupational therapist near you….Angie Hissong (PA AgrAbility Healthcare Education Specialist) and Carla Wilhite (University of North Dakota) have completed their second OT Practice article. More


The Vermont Dairy industry has been hit with record low milk prices this year, following high feed prices and record high prices for fuel over the summer. The Vermont AgrAbility Project along with RAVR (Rural and Agricultural Vocational Rehab),  the  University of Vermont Extension, and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, have teamed up to produce a listing of resources for farmers in need. More

The Vermont Farm Health Taskforce is a collaborative effort...The Taskforce premiered AgriSafe “Agricultural Occupational Health and Safety Training” in Vermont in the fall of 2008. More


AgrAbility of Wisconsin hosted its annual Advisory Council meeting at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station in December 2008. More

"Assistive Technology Equipment Recommended for and Obtained by Farmers with Disabilities" was presented at the Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). More

The University of Wisconsin has continued its initiative to build awareness and increase service capacity among occupational and physical therapists working with farmers who sustain a disabling condition. More

Staff Changes

Randy Taylor is the new director of the Oklahoma AgrAbility Project. More

Amanda Erichsen is the new Extension assistant for the AgrAbility Project. More

Sandra Stevenson has accepted the position of Program Manager for the Oklahoma AgrAbility Project. More

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