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May 2012


At the Spring 2012 VT Farm Health Task Force meeting, VT Legislative aides discussed the 2012 Farm Bill and VT AgrAbility's role as a primary voice for farm health and safety, not only in Vermont, but regionally in the Northeast through partnerships with AgriSafe, NYCAMH, Cornell Extension, and Centers for Independent Living. VT Legislators Leahy, Sanders, and Welch are strong supporters of farmers and work diligently on the Farm Bill to provide infrastructure and sustainability for farmers, including the National AgrAbility Project.

Vermont now has 4 peer support groups dispersed around the state with Tom Younkman and Janis Moore as facilitators of the groups. Three of the groups are Traumatic Brain Injury groups and one is an amputee support group, while more groups are planned for the future. These groups have spawned many peer to peer support initiatives.

Submitted by Submitted by Janis Moore