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December 2009

National Project

PowerPoints from the 2009 NTW presentations are now available to view on our website! Check it out at

Submitted by: Liz Semmel

AgrAbility now has its own YouTube channel. Visit currently posted include clips for the USDA Partners program on AgrAbility that was produced in 2005 plus a two-minute video on Breaking New Ground. If you are interested in posting a clip, please contact Paul Jones and also check the recommendations for video formatting by clicking here.

Submitted by Paul Jones

A new peer support initiative is coming soon from the NAP. The Ergonomics Community of Interest (Ergo COI) discussed peer support between farmers with disabilities recently, identifying critical aspects of such support networks within different SRAP regions. As a result, an ad hoc peer support community of interest will be launched to help identify areas of need and solutions for AgrAbility peer support programs. Some issues to be addressed include guidelines for peer support advice to reduce the risk of inappropriate advice being disseminated and the need for multicultural/multilingual peer support.  Please look for a web survey and an email announcing the first peer support COI call.

Submitted by: Rob Stuthridge

We need your photos!

We’re looking to update the National AgrAbility Program brochure, as well as our website. We’re asking for your help to submit photos from your programs to help bring diversity and interest to our site. When submitting your photos, keep in mind that sizing of pictures is a bit different from print to web and send any photos in the highest resolution possible. Electronic photos are preferable, but we can also accept printed photos via mail. If you have any good photos of agriculture in your state, please submit those as well.

To have your photos considered for use in the brochure, please submit them by December 18. We will continue accepting potential photos for the website after that date. Even though we can't guarantee that your photos will be used, we look forward to your help in creating the "face of AgrAbility"!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Kim Stockment at

Submitted by: Kim Stockment

New Arthritis and Agriculture Website To Be Released Soon!  The Arthritis Foundation-Indiana Chapter has created a new web resource dealing with arthritis and agriculture that will be released very shortly.  Please bookmark so you will be ready to visit when it is published.  The website will give monthly health tips, material order forms, assistance request forms, and more.  For more information, please contact Amber Wolfe at or 317-879-0321, ext. 212.

Amber Wolfe, AgrAbility Project Coordinator for the Arthritis Foundation- Indiana Chapter, attended the Midwest Rural Ag Safety and Health Forum in Johnston, Iowa on November 18-19.  She presented a session titled “Arthritis and Agriculture: Enhancing a Healthy Lifestyle On and Off the Farm with AgrAbility”, and also hosted an educational resource booth at the conference.

Submitted by: Amber Wolfe

Trisa Nickoley, staffed an exhibit for the National AgrAbility Project at the 19th Annual Midwest Stream Forum, held at the Isla Grand Beach Resort Hotel in South Padre Island, Texas. The Forum attracted more than 300 administrators, clinicians, social service providers, outreach workers, and staff from migrant and community health centers, advocacy organizations, and a variety of state and local health departments that serve Hispanic and Latino farm workers in the Midwestern United States. Hosted annually by the National Center for Farm worker Health (NCFH), and sponsored by the Human Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this Forum offered a variety of migrant-specific, health-oriented educational seminars for those involved in the migrant health community. The Exhibitor area where the National AgrAbility Project displayed was an integral part of the conference and provided a valuable opportunity for the National AgrAbility Project to disseminate resource information.

Submitted by: Karen Funkenbusch