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February 2010

National Project

The NAP is scheduled to begin publishing a new, national newsletter, AgrAbility Harvest, in February.  The purpose of this semiannual publication is to highlight the activities and impacts of AgrAbility.  Through AgrAbility Harvest, we will share success stories, tell you about available resources, announce and/or report on special events, discuss current and emerging assistive technologies, and cover various other topics we think would be of interest to you.  AgrAbility Harvest will target not only AgrAbility staff members, but also agricultural producers, rehabilitation specialists, agriculture professionals, legislators, and anyone else with an interest in the agriculture and disability arena.

AgrAbility Harvest will be produced in both electronic and print formats, and all SRAPs will receive a quantity for distribution to customers and other stakeholders.

Submitted by: Paul Jones

The NAP team has been busy spreading the word about AgrAbility. Dr. Bill Field represented our program at the first-ever Ag Connect show in Orlando Florida. This show was geared toward the larger farmers across the nation and was intended to draw an international crowd. Several leading suppliers were at the show, as well as companies from around the world. Next year, the show will be held in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Field also represented AgrAbility at another first-ever event, the Be Safe, Be Profitable: Protecting Workers in Agriculture conference, January 27-28 in Fort Worth, Texas. This event, sponsored by the newly formed Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, brought together farm organization/agricultural industry leaders, risk managers, producers, and researchers.

In addition to these new events, the NAP participated in the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville. Despite the snow storms that swept the area in the days prior to the show, the crowds were out in full force and NAP Staff and consultants were able to successfully share the message and meet directly with potential customers. This show is always of value to the NAP staff, both for the contacts and potential clients we meet, in addition to partnering with area states to make an impact on the agricultural industry.

Submitted by:Kim Stockment