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February 2010

National AgrAbility Project News

Reminders of upcoming events:

AgrAbility Harvest is coming! The NAP is scheduled to begin publishing a new semiannual newsletter in February. More

The NAP team has been busy spreading the word about AgrAbility at serveral national events. More

Remember to pre-order copies of the fotonovela on arthritis and agriculture, ¿Podrá ser la ARTRITIS lo que me causa DOLOR? Each State and Regional AgrAbility Project (SRAP) will receive 100 free Fotonovelas, and we are hoping that each SRAP, as well as other organizations, will see the need to order additional copies.  Please contact Amber Wolfe at for ordering information.

State and Regional AgrAbility Project News


The CalAgrAbility team recently completed the Spanish Arthritis and Farming fotonovela final edits  with the assistance of review and pre-test volunteers in the Central Valley. More

Cal AgrAbility is finalizing the details for another successful CA Small Farm Conference to begin at the end of February. More

CalAgrAbility is also developing Leader Trainings,with partner the Arthritis Foundation, to train self-help teachers both in Spanish and English.

The Project is looking forward to busy winter and spring months,with fairs for veterans/farmers, arthritis walks, rehabilitating farmers conferences, and migrant worker forums on the horizon.


Delaware/Maryland AgrAbility’s recent activities include:


Indiana recently hired a part-time student intern, who is actively involved in her local FFA chapter, to represent Breaking New Ground with high school Agriculture Education departments throughout the state. More

January & February have been busy months for the BNG staff, attending a variety of winter farm shows, including the Ft. Wayne Farm show that draws a large crowd year after year. More

BNG also recently held a day long training with Transition Resources Corporation to determine ways to better reach the seasonal/migrant farmworker population. More


Oklahoma AgrAbility recently participated in several conferences and trade shows. More


Don Schuster, Assistive Technology Coordinator, attended The Way I See It, A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger’s presented during the Temple Grandin Autism Conference held in Kirksville, Missouri. More

Russell Ramsey, Volunteer and Farmer Liaison continues to provide direct AgrAbility outreach services and assistance to farmers and ranchers with disabilities living and working in the southeast region of Missouri. More

Russell Ramsey presented an AgrAbility program on “Farming with Arthritis” as well as information about the Missouri AgrAbility Program. More

Think Outside the Barn” was the theme at the 2010 Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture. More

On January 29th-30, Jackie Allenbrand worked at the Ag and Rural Lifestyle Show in St. Joseph, MO. More

Karen Funkenbusch presented an AgrAbility Gardens For Every Body Program to members of the Kansas City Garden Club. More

In a Jeopardy style format, Karen Funkenbusch presented to one hundred students from Raytown, Missouri. More


Check out the latest post on the Vermont AgrAbility Project Farm Safe blog:


Keeping Ranchers and Farmers Safe From Injury Leading to Disability was the topic of a training presented by Randy Weigel, Wyoming AgrAbility Project Director, to County Extension Service staff, health care professionals, individuals with disabilities and their families.

Staff Changes


Anna Marie Hill is the new Bilingual Community Outreach Representative. She joined CalAgrAbility in December 2009 and is eagerly learning about the specific needs of farmers and farm  workers with disabilities in California. More

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