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February 2013

National AgrAbility Project News

Registration is open for the 2013 AgrAbility National Training Workshop. more

The 2013 AgrAbility National Training Workshop will be held on April 8-11 at the Doubletree Minneapolis-Bloomington South Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. more

NTW farmer/rancher scholarship applications are due by February 22. more

Remember to get your proposals in to host the 2014 National Training Workshop by March 15. more

Amber Wolfe, Arthritis Foundation, and Linda Bokros, Kentucky AgrAbility, staffed a display at the American Farm Bureau's annual convention January 12-14 in Nashville, TN. more

Amber Wolfe facilitated a phone conversation and participated in a webinar regarding the advocacy efforts of the national Arthritis Foundation. more

AgrAbility All-Staff Call - Thursday, February 21 at 3:00 p.m. EST = 2:00 CST = 1:00 MST = 12:00 PST. 866-803-2444 with no access code needed. Agenda to be sent next week.

AgrAbility Webinar Series: Visual Impairments and Their Relevance to Agriculture, February 28, 2013, 2:00 p.m. EST; 1:00 p.m. CST; 12:00 p.m. MST; 11:00 a.m. PST. more

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

Toolbox Spotlight
Some handy new items in the Toolbox include solutions anyone might use to make a project easier, regardless of ability. more

State and Regional AgrAbility Project News


Arkansas AgrAbility has recently finished production on two new video podcasts related to its low-back injury prevention program. more


The California Small Farms Conference is next month and CalAg staff assists through scholarships, committee work, and conducting workshops. more

The CalAgrAbility team has been increasing skills by attending webinars, including Assistive Technology Reuse sessions and a Mesa Completa Promotores Webinar.

Staff has built collaborations with various rural organizations, including resource/family and senior centers. more


Ruby Davis, Organic Farmer and AgrAbility Client.AgrAbility in Georgia has posted a video featuring Ruby Davis, Organic Farmer and AgrAbility Client. more

On February 4, AgrAbility in Georgia hosted Dr. Therese Willkomm for a webinar on Tools and Tool Adaptations for Farmers and Gardeners with Disabilities. more

The Rehabilitating Farmers and Ranchers with Disabilities Workshop for occupational and physical therapists was held on February 12 and will be held again on March 28. moreAgrAbility in Georgia's booth at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference.

Dr. Glen Rains was invited to speak to the Tifton Sertoma Club about the AgrAbility project on January 24. more

AgrAbility in Georgia had a booth at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference. more


Steve Swain, assistive technology specialist, and Amber Wolfe of the Arthritis Foundation staffed an exhibit at the Indiana Horticulture Congress. more

Indiana AgrAbility/Breaking New Ground shared space at the Fort Wayne Farm Show with the Purdue Agricultural Safety and Health Program. more

Linda Tarr participated in the Lawrence County Beef Management seminar held at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds on January 18-19.

Amber Wolfe hosted an Indiana AgrAbility display and gave a session presentation at the Indiana Farm Bureau annual convention December 7-8 in Indianapolis, IN.

Amber Wolfe presented a 2-hour arthritis workshop to the Area Agency on Aging in Plymouth, IN.


Maine AgrAbility was at the Agricultural Trade Show in Augusta on January 8-10, 2013. more

Maine AgrAbility was at the 28th Annual Maine Potato Conference in Caribou, ME on January 23-24, 2013.


Karen Funkenbusch and Willard Downs provided bimonthly AgrAbility, Farm Safety and Health, and Gardens for Every Body updates for campus-based agricultural systems management and statewide MU regional extension faculty members via Adobe Connect 9.

The Missouri AgrAbility Project launched a statewide AgrAbility project: a Client Demographic Database. more

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy at MU is offering a Rural Pharmacy Practice Elective APPE throughout mid-Missouri. more

AgrAbility staff members at MU Extension have been invited to present at three conferences sponsored by Lincoln University Extension. more

Missouri's senior level animal science and horticulture student completed her two-week internship with the Missouri AgrAbility Project. more

Jackie Allenbrand, AgrAbility outreach specialist, MERIL, reported many AgrAbility activities. more

MU Extension campus and regional co-coordinators facilitated AgrAbility USDA-NIFA funded education, network, assistance, and marketing activities in many ways. more


Over 100 Nebraska Farm Bureau members visited the Nebraska AgrAbility exhibit at the Farm Bureau Trade Show in December held in Kearney, NE. more

The Nebraska project received a donation of $1800 from Century 21 Daly of Grand Island, Century 21 Midlands of Kearney, and Century 21 Home Team of Columbus. more


Ohio AgrAbility will be hosting a workshop on February 19 in Columbus, Ohio, titled: Building Independence through Agriculture for People with Developmental Disabilities. more


Vermont Center of Independent Living AgrAbility Specialist Tom Younkman in the Vermont AgrAbility booth.January is a busy month with three Vermont Maple Conferences each Saturday. Maple sugar makers are reminded of Vermont AgrAbility programs and services. Over 750 producers turned out for these day-long educational programs.

WLVB Interviews Tom Younkman about the Vermont AgrAbility Project.The Vermont Farm Show was held the last three days of January and 50,000 people visit in a three-day span. Vermont AgrAbility was in full force at this event. more


AgrAbility of Wisconsin worked very closely with four students from the Bio Medical Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to provide a device for an AgrAbility client. more

AgrAbility of Wisconsin is happy to announce an opening for an intern for the summer here in Wisconsin. more

AgrAbility of Wisconsin staffed a display at the La Crosse Farm Show in La Crosse, Wisconsin. more

Staff Changes


Please welcome: Tom Gillis, ATP, AgrAbility specialist with AlphaOne;


The Nebraska project said goodbye to graduate student Anna Lewandowski, following her professional semester with the project. Dr. Lewandowski graduated in December and began work at the Carroll, IA hospital while studying for her boards.

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