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June 2011


The OK AgrAbility Program Coordinator hosted a booth at the OK State FFA Convention May 3-4. She spoke to 170+ of the 10,000 in attendance, promoting an AgrAbility state-wide FFA Chapter contest. The contest is a cooperative effort with the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology—Ag Education program.

The Oklahoma AgrAbility Case Manager presented a workshop titled "Health Education: Impact Rural Communities thru Program Design and the Arthritis Foundation’s Life Improvement Series" at the Arthritis, Agriculture, and Rural Life Conference May 11-13 at Purdue University’s Beck Agricultural Center. Thirty attendees received program design and implementation strategies on how to serve rural communities, a s well as personally participate in exercises recommended by the Arthritis Foundation’s Life Improvement Series.

The AgrAbility team provided training to counselors, AT specialists, program managers, field coordinators, and administrative staff with the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services on May 24. Mark Kinnison, VR Division Administrator gave a warm welcome to the 25 participants. AgrAbility trained the participants on the processes in place to serve Oklahoma farmers and ranchers with co-shared AgrAbility/DRS cases.

The AgrAbility team presented a session titled "Oklahoma AgrAbility—It Works for You" and hosted a booth at the 20th Annual Small Farmers Conference at Langston University’s OKC Campus on May 26-27. Approximately 150 attended the conference, while 35 attended the workshop. Sixty-five visited the booth, and 5 contacts asked for further involvement.

Submitted by Julie York