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October 2012


Missouri AgrAbilityBilingual Arthritis teaching tools can be purchased from the Missouri AgrAbility Project. For $80.00, you can purchase the complete Bilingual Arthritis Teaching Tools for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers. For more information contact Sandy Zaring at 800.995.8503 or via email at Information about the arthritis teaching tools, which consist of curriculum and flip chart, is found at

Willard Downs and Karen Funkenbusch continue to use Adobe Connect web conferencing to Missouri AgrAbilitystay connected to campus-based agricultural systems management and statewide regional extension faculty across the state. Karen and Willard provide monthly AgrAbility, Farm Safety and Health, and Gardens for Every Body updates.

MU Regional AgrAbility staff members have been actively involved with presenting AgrAbility, free health screenings, and farm safety sessions at several field days across the state of Missouri. pharmacy students from the UMKC School of Pharmacy set up five different tables of information for participants. In total, 13 American Pharmacist Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) and two faculty supervisors screened and educated farmers and ranchers about high blood pressure, blood sugar, immunizations, heartburn awareness, prescription drug abuse, and world hunger. Participants with very high blood sugar and blood pressure levels were identified and referred to see their primary care provider for follow-up as well as educated about alarm symptoms and when to seek urgent care. This has been a great cooperative partnership for participants, pharmacy students, UMKC School of Pharmacy, and the MO AgrAbility Program to serve the health care needs of rural Missourians.

Paul Leverenz, vice-president of FARM & Vocational Services, Easter Seals Wisconsin and Manuel Lugo, retired deputy administrator for Wisconsin’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, have been working with Chris Clause, assistant director of staff development, MO Vocational Rehabilitation and Willard Downs, co-director, MO AgrAbility Project to set up a vocational rehabilitation workshop in Missouri to improve employment outcomes for agricultural workers with disabilities. The purpose of the upcoming Agricultural Assistive Technology Training (AATT) workshop is train Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation staff to consider agriculture as a viable employment option for farmers and ranchers with disabilities. This joint VR and AgrAbility training will enhance cultural competencies and preparedness in rehabilitating agricultural clients.

Jackie Allenbrand, MERIL AgrAbility outreach specialist, reported the following AgrAbility activities:

University of Missouri AgrAbility staff members on- and off-campus participated in the following AgrAbility related activities:

Submitted by Karen Funkenbusch