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July 2011


Breaking New Ground/Indiana AgrAbility presented two Indiana FFA chapters with awards for their Bridging Horizons Community Service Contest projects. Jay County FFA Chapter received first place for the third year in a row for their project. A chapter member’s father incurred a spinal cord injury several years ago, so the chapter poured concrete at the entrance to his tool shed, giving him easier access to the tool shed and the equipment inside. Second place went to the Hagerstown FFA Chapter for their project of assisting an elderly woman with home chores and yearly cleanup. They had planned to construct a ramp to her home, but found when they were ready to begin that someone else had built the ramp. Jay County FFA received $600 for their project and Hagerstown FFA Chapter received $350 (from non-AgrAbility funds).

Steve Swain, rural rehabilitation specialist for BNG, presented BNG services and information at the Hamilton County Ag Day in Noblesville, Indiana. The event was sponsored by the Hamilton County Farm Bureau and Hamilton County Extension. The presentation included safety and assistive technology information to help prevent injury and to assist after an injury. Breakfast was served to approximately 20 individuals followed by a presentation on corn and soybean fungicides and BNG.

The Purdue Cooperative Extension Service Home and Family Conference was held June 7-9, 2011 on the campus of Purdue University. Kylie Hendress staffed a display of BNG services and publications, while Bill Field presented a session on Gardening for People with Disabilities or Those Who are Getting Older. The conference was sponsored by Purdue Health and Human Science Extension and attended by Extension homemaker clubs from around the state of Indiana.

Submitted by Steve Swain