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August 2009

National AgrAbility Project News

Farmer/rancher scholarship applications for the 2009 NTW are due by Friday, August 14. For more information on scholarships, contact Paul Jones at jonesp or see

Samuel Mathew, the National AgrAbility Project's VR Specialist, will present a webinar on August 27 discussing the important relationships between AgrAbility and state Vocational Rehabilitation services. More

AgrAbility Communities of Interest and Standing Committees are beginning in August and early September. More

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 More

An Arthritis Foundation Scholarship is being offered for an Arthritis Foundation client to attend the AgrAbility National Training Workshop. More

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

State and Regional AgrAbility Project News


CalAgrAbility staff has been invited to conduct workshops for employers and farm workers of several large agricultural operations in Northern California. More


According to the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation 2008 Annual Report,Colorado AgrAbility was listed as 'the best illustration' of their approach to Self-Employment Programs. More

Sodexo, a food and facilities management company based in Maryland, contacted the Colorado AgrAbility Project for information to write articles on 2 clients aided by funding from the Sodexo/Easter Seals Cartridges for Kids recycling program. More


In August, AgrAbility in Georgia and the Arthritis Foundation Georgia Chapter will kick off a series of workshops on Gardening and Farming with Arthritis with an introductory Tai Chi class. More

AgrAbility in Georgia just unveiled their newly redesigned website More

AgrAbility in Georgia is pleased to announce that the Arthritis Foundation Georgia Chapter has joined the project as a non-profit partner. More


The 17th, 18th and 19th of July was a busy time for Kansas AgrAbility as they staffed a booth at the Four State Farm Show in Pittsburg, KS. More


Oklahoma AgrAbility recently completed a 6-week Arthritis Foundation Self-Help training. More


Congratulations to Dr. Robert (Bobby) Grisso, the Virginia Tech Primary Investigator for AgrAbility Virginia, and Professor of Biological Systems Engineering in Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and farm equipment and safety specialist for Virginia Cooperative Extension, upon his election into the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers' (ASABE) 2009 Class of Fellows. More


AgrAbility of Wisconsin participated in Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, a large outdoor farm show that took place July 21-23 on a dairy farm that had more than 1000 cows, a cheese factory, and two manure digesters. More


Wyoming AgrAbility participated in the UW College of Agriculture Research and Extension field days where they explained AgrAbility and demonstrated adaptive devices for ranch and farm equipment to agricultural producers and professionals. More

Wyoming AgrAbility staff recently conducted a training on AT: Enabling Individuals to Maintain Independence at the WY Conference on Aging in Cheyenne, WY More

Staff Changes

National Project

The National AgrAbility Project and Indiana AgrAbility are pleased to welcome Kim Stockment to our team as AgrAbility Program Engagement Coordinator. More


Mr. Steve Hoover is the newest AgrAbility Specialist in Kansas. Steve has hit the ground running with his first event, the Four State Farm Show. Steve works in the Assistive Technology office in Parsons, KS.


Bob Meyer joins the AgrAbility of Wisconsin staff replacing Mary Beck as Outreach Specialist. Bob served as an evaluation specialist on the National AgrAbility Project from 2000-04. More recently he held staff positions in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department on the UW-Madison campus. During that time he was working on his doctorate degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at UW-Madison. Before joining the National Project he was employed on the Healthy Farmers Healthy Profits program in the Biological Systems Engineering at UW-Madison. His email address is and phone number is 608-262-9336.

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