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May 2009

National Project

Not all AgrAbility customers are candidates for traditional agricultural enterprises, such as row crops or livestock production. However, the options for alternative agricultural enterprises are as unlimited as their imaginations. Organic produce, agri-tourism, and worm farming are just a few examples. Many alternative agricultural enterprises may require business plans, and your state's Vocational Rehabilitation program may be a source of funds.

The first session in the AgrAbility Webinar Series is scheduled for May 28 at 3:00 p.m. EDT / 2:00 p.m. CDT / 1:00 p.m. MDT / 12:00 p.m. PDT. The webinar topic will be An Introduction to Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship for People with Disabilities, and Steve Swain from the NAP/Indiana AgrAbility will be the presenter. Topics include: Why self-employment? Who is suited for self-employment? How should self-employment be explored?

Adobe Connect software will be used to conduct the webinar, and participants will receive instructions and handouts prior to the session. The deadline to register for this free webinar is Friday, May 22. More

Bridging Horizons ramp modificationAmber Wolfe, Indiana Arthritis Foundation AgrAbility Project Coordinator, exhibited the “Arthritis and Agriculture” booth at the National Rural Health Association Conference in Miami Beach, Florida from May 5-7.  The booth included an 8-foot display wall, numerous educational materials, and promotional items.  During the conference, Amber spoke with several professionals from the rural health industry as she spread awareness of the severity of arthritis and its related diseases as it affects those that work in the agricultural industry.  Over 150 educational materials were given out, and many opportunities were discussed for planning educational seminars.

Amber Wolfe is scheduled to present an Arthritis and Agriculture webinar on the AgriSafe Network on July 8. For more information on this and other upcoming AgriSafe webinars, see