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October 2012

National AgrAbility Project News

Purdue has been awarded the National AgrAbility Project grant for the next four years. Join us for an all staff call for an overview of the new NAP team and work plan on Friday, October 19 at 11:00 a.m. EDT, 10:00 CDT, 9:00 MDT, 8:00 PDT. Use 866-803-2444 with no access code needed.

Registration is now open for the workshop Veterans and Agriculture: Opportunities for Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Enrichment, November 7-8 at the Beck Agricultural Center in West Lafayette. more

Bill Field and Paul Jones made presentations to the Farm Credit Administration and USDA's Farm Service Agency, and they met with several other groups during a recent trip to Washington, D.C. more

The AgrAbility webinar Mental/Behavioral Health Resources for the Drought Aftermath is now archived at

The National AgrAbility Project and the Indiana AgrAbility Project provided publications and display materials to the Ohio AgrAbility Project for the 2012 Ohio Farm Science Review.

Steve Swain, assistive technology specialist for the National AgrAbility Project, attended the Battlemind to Home III symposium in Indianapolis. more

Amber Wolfe traveled to Wichita, Kansas to give two presentations at the Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association AT Expo on September 27 and 28. more

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.

State and Regional AgrAbility Project News


In September, CalAgrAbility attended the Woodland Farmers Market Health and Resource Fair where the Health Education Council was present, which expressed interest in collaborating with the program in serving rural families. more

CalAgrAbility made a valuable connection with the Allergy Medical Group of Sacramento, which specializes in allergies and asthma. more

CalAg staff attended the AT Network Northern Regional meeting where 20 AT professionals discussed common issues. more

AgrAbility of Georgia client in physical therapy.Georgia

AgrAbility of Georgia has been filming the story of a farmer client with a spinal cord injury who is receiving physical therapy at the Shepherd Center (, AgrAbility in Georgia's non-profit partner. more

AgrAbility of Georgia presented at GOTA.Staff members were invited to hold two sessions at the annual statewide occupational therapy conference in Georgia. more

AgrAbility of Georgia will be at the 2012 Sunbelt Expo will take place October 16-18 in Moultrie, Georgia. more


Steve Swain, rural rehabilitation specialist for Breaking New Ground/Indiana AgrAbility, made presentations to seven of the twenty-five Vocational Rehabilitation offices in Indiana in September. more

The Indiana AgrAbility Project exhibited at the 2012 Farm Safety Forum sponsored by the Indiana Health and Safety Council. more

Steve Swain gave a presentation to the Health and Human Sciences educators and Food and Nutrition Program educators about Breaking New Ground/Indiana AgrAbility and universal design/home modifications.

Amber Wolfe, Indiana partner at the Arthritis Foundation, was an active participant in the Morgan County Farm Day on September 8, and was the keynote dinner speaker at the Fayette County Farm Bureau dinner on September 12.


Minnesota AgrAbility staff participated in three events during the month of September. more

Minnesota AgrAbility staff also participated in the "Rice Home Medical 8th Annual Rehabilitation Education and Equipment Fair" in Alexandria and Willmar, Minnesota. more


Bilingual Arthritis teaching tools can be purchased from the Missouri AgrAbility Project. more

Willard Downs and Karen Funkenbusch continue to use Adobe Connect web conferencing to stay connected to campus-based agricultural systems management and statewide regional extension faculty across the state. more

Amber Wolfe and Karen Funkenbusch co-facilitated a national independent living conversation via teleconference, September 13, 2012, titled "Managing Arthritis for Independent Living" for the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL), the united rural voice of independent living in rural America.

MU Extension AgrAbility staff members, MERIL AgrAbility outreach specialist, and Missouri’s collaborating partners from DVR, RSB, and USDA FSA facilitated an interview with the Mizzou Alumni magazine for an upcoming feature article about the MO AgrAbility Project and PHARM Dog programs.

Missouri AgrAbility offered free health screenings.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. moreMissouri AgrAbility offered free health screenings.

Paul Leverenz and Manuel Lugo have been working with Chris Clause and Willard Downs to set up a vocational rehabilitation workshop in Missouri to improve employment outcomes for agricultural workers with disabilities. more

Other University of Missouri AgrAbility staff members on- and off-campus participated in several AgrAbility related activities. more

North Carolina AgrAbility display.North Carolina

On September 13, NC AgrAbility presented new presentation materials at a booth at the Shabazz Center for Independent Living Assistive Technology Symposium, in Greensboro, NC featuring information on assistive technology for gardening and agricultural use, from high tech to low tech. more

NC AgrAbility also conducted training for Center for Independent Living staff with guest trainer Inetta Fluhartty of West Virginia AgrAbility September 24-25 in Smithfield, NC. more

The NC AgrAbility Advisory board met September 26th to go over year one highlights and year two goals, project updates, and a presentation from Gloria Garton about Centers for Independent Living.


Nebraska AgrAbility staff promoted the project at Husker Harvest Days, the premier farm show in Nebraska. Along with displays and ergonomic tools, Anna Lewandowski, OT graduate student, promoted preventative stretching for farmers/ranchers with a display, hand outs, and a DVD. more

Teens and pre-teens learned more about disabilities on the farm and preventative stretching as NE AgrAbility staff Rod Peterson and Anna Lewandowski set up educational sessions at the Carnival of Safety in Minden. more

Nearly 150 youngsters, grades K-6th, took part in the Franklin Safety Day at school. more


Ohio AgrAbility participated in the 50th annual Ohio Farm Science Review on September 18-21. more

Ohio AgrAbility continues working with Bittersweet Farm (Southwest Ohio) in both the greenhouse and the garden areas. more

The Ohio AgrAbility Advisory Committee Meeting was held on September 26. more


Friday, September 28 was the final day for the University of Vermont Extension Rural and Agricultural Voc Rehab (RAVR) Program. more


Wyoming AgrAbility conducted a presentation on ranching and farming with arthritis and distributed materials at the 2012 Wind River Reservation Agriculture Summit in Ft. Washakie on September 21.

Wyoming AgrAbility conducted a presentation on health in agriculture and distributed materials at the 2012 National Association of Social Workers-WY conference in Evanston held September 12-14.

Staff Changes

Eric Olson's position with the NAP ended on August 31. The NAP appreciates his years of service to AgrAbility and wishes him well in his future endeavors. Read a note from Eric here.

AgrAbility in the News

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Other News

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Upcoming Events

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