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September 2012

National AgrAbility Project

The AgrAbility display at the Farm Progress Show.The National AgrAbility Project staffed a display in the Health and Safety Tent at the 2012 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa on August 28-30, 2012. The display included the NAP pop-up display, Arthritis and Agriculture,Tools to Make Your Life Easier, and various publications. The tent at the Farm Progress Show.Life Essentials also had a display which included the John Deere tractor with a Pilot Lift. The show attracts up to 150,000 people and over 150 exhibitors. Next year the show will return to Decatur, Illinois on August 27-29, 2013.

Submitted by Steve Swain

Amber Wolfe traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas on August 7th to assist the Arkansas AgrAbility staff with their Extension Educator training program. Amber presented sessions "Arthritis and Agriculture" and "Accessible Gardening". She also explained the partnership between the NAP and the Arthritis Foundation, and provided local AF information to the attendees.

On August 15th and 16th, Amber Wolfe presented AgrAbility trainings to Arthritis Foundation and AgrAbility staff from the Mid-Atlantic regions in Bethesda, MD and Charlotte, NC. The trainings were full-day workshops that included sessions on understanding arthritis as a disability in agriculture, modifications and assistive technology, gardening as a hobby, and collaboration ideas between the SRAP and the AF offices in the region. Both days of training were well attended, and were sponsored by the AF Mid-Atlantic Region.

Submitted by Amber Wolfe