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October 2010


Indiana AgrAbility/Breaking New Ground Outreach Program participated in the annual Safety Forum sponsored by the Indiana Rural Safety and Health Council on September 16, 2010. The forum offered sessions for adults and FFA/agriculture education students. The sessions included electrical safety, anhydrous ammonia safety, grain entrapment safety, tractor inspection, driving instruction, and assistive technology on the farm. The latest farm fatality statistics were presented, and the importance of safety to FFA was discussed. Steve Swain, BNG Rural Rehabilitation Specialist, and Nellie Bell, Indiana FFA South Region Vice-President, presented information to over 105 FFA and agriculture education students and their advisors.

Indiana AgrAbility/Breaking New Ground Outreach Program and the National AgrAbility Project collaborated with the Ohio AgrAbility Project with displays at the Ohio Farm Science Review near London, Ohio on September 21-23, 2010. Information was provided to attendees on services offered by the projects, assistive technology on the farm, and arthritis and agriculture. In addition, Life Essentials brought their John Deere tractor with a lift for attendees to see and experience.

Submitted by Steve Swain

Amber Wolfe staffed exhibits at the Marion County Healthy Older People’s Program and the Hendricks County Prime Time Expo. Handouts included the Indiana AgrAbility/Breaking New Ground brochure, the Rural Care Info cards, the Arthritis and Agriculture books, and the Gardening and Arthritis brochures. An estimated 1,200 people attended these conferences combined. An exhibit was also staffed at the annual Rheumatologist Network of Indiana conference and information was given to all physicians in attendance.

Amber Wolfe has been invited to sit on the planning committee for the Skyline Club’s Life Sciences Professionals events. She will help to plan quarterly panels of speakers regarding issues in the life sciences industry in Indianapolis and the surrounding area.

Submitted by Amber Wolfe