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April 2011

National AgrAbility Project

The Arthritis, Agriculture, and Rural Life: State of the Art Research, Practices, and Applications Conference (AARL Conference) will be held at the Purdue University Beck Center in West Lafayette, IN May 11-13. This conference is for professionals from rural areas to learn how to help clients with arthritis. AgrAbility staff are invited to attend and invite attendees from their areas. The conference will include a day of farm tours for hands-on applications and experiences. Dr. Steven Kirkhorn from the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin will be the keynote speaker. A list of confirmed speakers and topics, hotel accommodations, travel information, and a link to the registration site is available online at For more information, please contact Amber Wolfe at or at (800) 783-2342. Click here for a press release on the conference.

Remember to get your proposals in for your state to host the 2012 National Training Workshop! October and November are popular months for conferences so the hotels seem to book up pretty early. Please send them to Kylie Hendress ( by May 1.

The NAP is currently accepting proposals for session presentations for the 2011 National Training Workshop. Please send your proposal to Kylie Hendress ( by May 6. Also, remember to forward the request along to anyone you think might be interested in presenting at the conference.

Submitted by Kylie Hendress

The most recent issue of the Journal of Agromedicine featured three articles related to AgrAbility.  NAP staff members Gail Deboy, Paul Jones, and Bill Field teamed with Purdue nursing professor Roberta Schweitzer to author "AgrAbility Mental/Behavioral Health for Farm/Ranch Families with Disabilities," while Kentucky AgrAbility’s John Hancock was an author on "Underserved Farmers With Disabilities: Designing an AgrAbility Program to Address Health Disparities." Journal editor Steven Kirkhorn also provided an introductory article for the issue titled "AgrAbility Fills Important Niche in Safety, Health." The Journal of Agromedicine is available at

Submitted by Paul Jones