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January 2013


Jackie Allenbrand, AgrAbility outreach specialist, MERIL reported many AgrAbility activities. These include:

MU Extension AgrAbility on-campus and regional coordinators facilitated AgrAbility USDA-NIFA education, network, assistance, and marketing activities. These efforts include:

AgrAbility staff members with MU Extension, University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics, School of Health Professions, and two statewide Missouri nonprofit disability organizations attended all of the sessions associated with the first virtual National Training Workshop. Missouri staff members gained a better understanding of AgrAbility, the partnership with Goodwill of the Finger Lakes, NAP evaluation, eXtension, and assistive technologies for farmers and ranchers with disabilities.

The University of Missouri Extension has partnered with the Department of Agricultural Sciences at Northwest Missouri State University and Rehab Services for the Blind to provide a senior level animal science and horticulture student an internship with the Missouri AgrAbility Project. The AgrAbility intern was raised on a Missouri ranch, has low vision, and a strong background in animal science, horticulture, and ergonomics. The AgrAbility intern will assist with implementing AgrAbility USDA-NIFA education, network, assistance, and marketing activities.

Submitted by Karen Funkenbusch