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July 2012

National AgrAbility Project News

AgrAbility All-Staff Call, Thursday, July 26 at 3:00 EDT, 2:00 CDT, 1:00 MDT, 12:00 PDT. Invited guest speaker is Jawana Latimer from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Call 866-803-2444 with no access code needed.

AgrAbility Webinar Series - Veterans in Agriculture: Military 101. August 30, 2012, 3:00 p.m. EST; 2:00 p.m. CST; 1:00 p.m. MST; 12:00 p.m. PST. more

Special thanks to all the AgrAbility staff members that helped to make the ISASH Conference a success, particularly George Cook and his team in Vermont.

Amber Wolfe participated on a panel of speakers discussing ergonomics and disabilities in agriculture at the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health annual conference in Burlington, Vermont, June 24-28. more

Amber Wolfe gave a 15-minute radio interview for May/June to RFD Today, courtesy of the Illinois Farm Bureau group.

Goodwill Industries International and Goodwill Industries of the Finger Lakes in Rochester, New York, are hosting an AgrAbility informational booth at the New York Empire Days Farm Show and Exhibition in Seneca Falls, New York on August 8-10. more

AgrAbility was recently featured on the main USDA blog. more

The Mental/Behavioral Health COI will be hosting a call on traumatic brain injury on July 31 at 2:00 p.m. EDT via 866-803-2444. Dr. Joel Solomon, neuropsychologist, and Lynda Eaton, PT, both of Mercy General Hospital in Citrus Heights, CA, will present.

Click here for the schedule of upcoming Community of Interest and Standing Committee call information.

Toolbox Spotlight
See what's new in the Toolbox online this month. Solutions include a wheeled snow shovel (get ready for winter early) and an adaptive fishing rod holder (enjoy summer while it's here).

State and Regional AgrAbility Project News


CalAgrAbility's work with the Hearing Loss Association of America Yolo Chapter has yielded a collaborative publication to prevent hearing loss among farmers and workers. more

CalAgrAbility has been working diligently with the Arthritis Foundation (AF) in extending rural exercise/arthritis classes to various communities throughout the state. more

Health and safety fairs provide successful means of reaching farmers and employers. more


On June 5 and 6, Jill Sump, project manager, and Katheryn Ernst, intern, attended the Colorado State FFA Convention in Pueblo. more

The AgrAbility team remained busy by making presentations to Goodwill branches across the state to help remind employees about the Goodwill mission and how their work supports these programs. more

The AgrAbility team hosted its annual Professionals' Workshop on June 22 at the Agricultural Research, Development, and Education Center, an extension of Colorado State University. more

CAP is in the process of trying new ways to reach rural communities. The program has worked with county extension agents as well as with 4-H and FFA Chapters all across the state. more


The Breaking New Ground Outreach Program/Indiana AgrAbility Project exhibited at the 2012 Home and Family Conference on the Purdue University campus. more

The new ramp and sidewalk for the Community Center at the Warrick County Fairgrounds, the winning Bridging Horizons project.Breaking New Ground recently completed another Bridging Horizons Community Service Contest. more

Amber Wolfe exhibited an education booth for the Indiana AgrAbility/Breaking New Ground Resource Center at the Indiana Rural Health Association's annual conference. more

Amber Wolfe served as a judge at the Indiana FFA State Convention at Purdue University, June 18-19. more

The Arthritis Foundation, Indiana hosted a booth on "Arthritis and Agriculture" at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital's Healthy Fair in Greensburg, Indiana on June 21.

During the month of June, Carl Jenkins attended a meeting at Rockport Engagement Center for mental Health, which is a center for "empowering individuals out of isolation and into wellness" at Rockport, Indiana.

Carl Jenkins has also attended and set up the booth for Indiana AgrAbility/Breaking New Ground at the Spencer County and Jennings County Fairs. more

Linda Tarr from Hoosier Uplands hosted the Indiana AgrAbility Advisory Team at Spring Mill on June 6, where the work plan was updated in preparation for the new project year and the new arthritis education curriculum was reviewed.


Inventors from across the Midwest, and as faraway as Hawaii, traveled to Redwood Falls, Minnesota to attend the 55th Annual Minnesota Inventors' Congress held June 8-9, 2012. more


Using Adobe Connect web conferencing, Willard Downs and Karen Funkenbusch, University of Missouri Extension, continue to provide the month's AgrAbility updates to CAFNR agricultural systems management and MU regional extension faculty members.

University of Missouri Extension AgrAbility staff members continue to meet bimonthly with the MO Department of Agriculture, MO Department of Labor, Cooperative Electric to discuss AgrAbility initiatives to collaboratively help to ImProve Health Amongst Rural Missourians (I PHARM). more

As one of Missouri's non-funded collaborating partners, the Northeast Independent Living Services (NEIL), a non-profit disability organization located in northeast Missouri, continues to provide assistance and direct support to Missouri farmers and ranchers with disabilities. more

Pat Bissell coordinates the monthly low vision support group that meets at the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center and also coordinates a monthly support that meets in Hannibal, Missouri. more

On June 14, Jackie Allenbrand, MERIL AgrAbility outreach specialist, presented to the Optimist Club in Maryville, Missouri. more

Chris Davis, AgrAbility assistive technology technician with University of Missouri Extension, showed the AgrAbility, Ergonomic, and Agriculture tools display and handed out AgrAbility resources at the Historic Booneville Heritage Days Festival, June 20–23. more

MU Extension AgrAbility staff members helped two small farm operators with disabilities receive USDA funds to build high tunnels on their small acre farms. more

Two educational posters for the Missouri AgrAbility Project were accepted and approved for the 2012 conference of the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH), June 24-28, in Burlington, Vermont. more

North Carolina

NC AgrAbility was represented in three publications, three conferences or group events, and one presentation during the month of June.

The NC AgrAbility website broke ground at the end of the month and is projected to be live by the end of July. In accordance with this, the primary contact email address for North Carolina AgrAbility has been changed to

Robin Tutor-Marcom of the NC Agromedicine Institute and Michele Proctor with North Carolina AgrAbility attended ISASH in Burlington, Vermont. more


Sharry Nielsen attended the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) June 24-28 in Burlington, Vermont. more


Ohio AgrAbility was pleased to partner with Southeastern Ohio Center for Independent Living (SOCIL) at three events this spring. more

In April, Ohio AgrAbility presented the program "Raised Garden Beds and other Alternatives to Planting Flower and Vegetable Gardens." more

In May, Kent McGuire was a panel speaker in Logan, Ohio, at the Independence by Design Conference. more


Oklahoma AgrAbility staff presented a workshop on Gerontechnology and staffed a booth at the Oklahoma Geriatric Education Center Conference, "Addressing Ethics, Disasters, and Well-Being in Rural Communities."

Oklahoma AgrAbility also had a presence at the Oklahoma Pecan Growers Conference.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise classes were held by OK Cooperative Extension Educators (OCES) and AgrAbility staff in Atoka, Dewey, Payne, Jefferson, and Seminole Counties, reaching over 100 participants.

Oklahoma AgrAbility provided training to an OCES Extension educator who represented the project while presenting a Disability Awareness session at the Payne County Farm Safety Day.


Texas AgrAbility recently hosted the first of a series of agriculture workshops for military veterans with and without disabilities titled "From Battleground to Breaking Ground: A Transformational Journey." more


In June UVM Extension held its annual Professional Improvement Conference, where Rural and Ag Vocational Rehabilitation (RAVR) received a Diversity award for its 44 years of service to people with disabilities living and working on Vermont Farms and in the most rural areas. more

Unfortunately, this is RAVR's final year; due to loss of funding the program is being eliminated. more

The Vermont AgrAbility staff members participated in the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) conference in Burlington, Vermont meeting people from around the world. more


AgrAbility of Wyoming is now on Twitter: blog posts and other information can now be found at

Wyoming Independent Living Rehabilitation (WILR), non-profit partner with Wyoming AgrAbility, is conducting the Living Well with a Disability workshop which spans 10 weeks. The workshops are currently taking place in Casper and Laramie.

Staff Changes


CalAgrAbility's AF partner agency has new program staff. Roberta Campbell is the program director for the Greater Sacramento Valley office of the Arthritis Foundation. Roberta has worked at the California Department of Public Health in the arthritis, heart disease, and oral health programs. She has experience in development and implementation of federal, state, and local programs designed to improve the health of all Californians. Roberta has a B.S. in Gerontology.


AgrAbility of Utah is proud to introduce a new staff member: Darlene Carlisle is our new resource facilitator in the Central Utah area. She lives in the Genola area and will be covering that area for us.


Wendy Alameda, BA, has joined Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR) and Wyoming AgrAbility staff as the WATR project coordinator/AgrAbility assistive technology specialist. Welcome Wendy!

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