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March 2011


The newly formed Nebraska AgrAbility Advisory Committee met for the first time in February. Although weather kept some from attending, the group did a great job of learning and teaching each other about some of the networking possibilities in Nebraska. Following introductions all around, Rod Peterson, Rural Rehabilitation with Easter Seals NE, gave a brief overview of the NE and national projects. The attention then turned to networking and discussing some of the trends folks are seeing across the state. It was a very worthwhile meeting, both in time and content, and all are looking forward to continuing the relationships started.

Amber Wolfe, National Arthritis Foundation, presented a session about arthritis and its prevalence in the agricultural community at Nebraska’s Women in Ag program February 17. Interest was outstanding, with much discussion following the presentation. An exhibit during the conference expanded the outreach, as Sharry Nielsen, UNL Extension with the NE project, fielded additional questions and inquiries. Over 350 women registered for the conference.

Nebraska’s new retractable banner was rolled out during the Buffalo Bill Farm and Ranch Expo February 2-3 in North Platte and later that week at the KNEB Expo in Scottsbluff. The banner gives an excellent pictorial and verbal look at AgrAbility in NE. Rod Peterson (ESN) and Bill Booker (UNL Extension) staffed the exhibits.

Nebraska AgrAbility recently posted two new success stories on their website: Assistive Technology and Determination Help Nebraska Cattleman Live His Dream and Nebraska AgrAbility Provides Aid for Rural Farmers.

Submitted by Sharry Nielsen