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February 2011


Indiana AgrAbility staffed an exhibit at the 2011 Indiana Horticulture Congress January 18-20 in Indianapolis that included AgrAbility resources/publications, information concerning arthritis in agriculture, and examples of adapted and ergonomic tools. Attendees included agri-tourism enterprises, fruit and vegetable producers, and extension educators. Over 850 people were registered for the conference.

Kylie Hendress, BNG Outreach Coordinator, attended the first of several extension educator district meetings designed to create and enhance the awareness of BNG and our services. Meeting attendants include Extension educators in the areas of  agriculture and natural resources, consumer and family sciences, economic development, and 4-H.

Paul Jones staffed a BNG exhibit at the Indiana Rural Health Policy Forum in Indianapolis on January 18. Attendees included government leaders, rural health leaders, and rural hospital administrators.

Submitted by Steve Swain

The Indiana AgrAbility Project exhibited at the 2011 Fort Wayne Farm Show on January 18-20, which drew more than 30,000 people to northeastern Indiana. The show included 900 booths and 400 vendors. AgrAbility showcased an assortment of handheld AT tools and the Breaking New Ground display, Arthritis in Agriculture display, and Grain Entrapment displays in addition to the grain rescue tube provided by the Purdue Health and Safety Program.

Gail Deboy attended the Indiana Livestock Forage and Grain Forum in Indianapolis on January 28. Sixty exhibitors participated in the second year of this event that included plenary and breakout sessions on a variety of topics.

Kylie Hendress attended the Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmers Leadership Conference on January 29 in Indianapolis. This conference draws hundreds of young farm families from all over Indiana each year for a variety of educational breakout sessions, a silent auction and a live auction, social events, and a keynote address. This year’s keynote speaker was Chad Hymas, a Utah farmer who was injured in a farm accident at the age of 27. He brought home the message that as long as a person continues to put his family first and does not get tied down by what he “can’t” do, he will continue to succeed in farming and anything else he sets out to accomplish.

Submitted by Kylie Hendress

Amber Wolfe staffed an exhibit booth at the Indiana Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 11. Through this event, she has been asked to speak at the Indiana Farm Bureau Women’s Spring Conference on the topic of arthritis.

Amber Wolfe is presenting arthritis and agriculture seminars at each of the 16 Area Agencies on Aging across Indiana. Eight of these will be completed by June with the remaining scheduled for the fall.

Submitted by Amber Wolfe