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August 2009

National Project

Samuel Mathew, the National AgrAbility Project's VR Specialist, will present a webinar discussing the important relationship between AgrAbility and state Vocational Rehabilitation services. The webinar titled: AgrAbility/Vocational Rehabilitation Relationships: Where are we now, and where should we be going? will be held on August 27, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. EDT; 2:00 p.m. CDT; 1:00 p.m. MDT; 12:00 p.m. PDT.

AgrAbility representatives from 24 states participated in a phone survey on their relationships with state VR agencies. The purpose of this webinar is to share the information collected.

To participate in this free webinar, email by August 21 and simply put the word "Webinar" in the subject line. More

The National AgrAbility Project and Indiana AgrAbility are pleased to welcome Kim Stockment to the team as AgrAbility Program Engagement Coordinator. In this capacity, Kim will responsible for coordinating public awareness activities, helping to plan and conduct training events, and facilitating publications. In addition, she will be coordinating relationships with Indiana AgrAbility partners, providing some direct services to customers, and helping to facilitate youth-oriented initiatives.

Kim comes to AgrAbility from Purdue's Conferences Division, where she coordinated over 70 programs a year (including the 2008 AgrAbility NTW), hosting anywhere from 15-2500 people. She has a strong background in agriculture, having graduated from Purdue's College of Agriculture with a degree in Agriculture Communications in 2005. Kim is a 10 year 4-H member, and has a strong background with FFA, having served as a State Officer in 2000-2001.

You can reach Kim at or 765-494-6679. Please contact her if she may be of service to you.

AgrAbility Communities of Interest (COI) and Standing Committees are beginning in August and early September. The following are the initial conference call dates and facilitator contact information:

Please contact the facilitators for more information on joining the respective groups.

Amber Wolfe hosted an “Arthritis and Agriculture” webinar on the Agri-Safe Network on July 8th.  The recording of the webinar is in the Agri-Safe archives at

An Arthritis Foundation Scholarship is being offered for an Arthritis Foundation client to attend the AgrAbility National Training Workshop.  Nomination/application forms are available from Amber Wolfe at or 1-800-783-2342.  Scholarship applicants/nominees must be an agricultural worker that is affected in their work by arthritis.

Submitted by Amber Wolfe

Help spread the word about the 2009 AgrAbility National Training Workshop in Grand Rapids. Direct your customers and interested professionals to the conference site at

Submitted by: Liz Semmel