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June 2013

North Carolina

NC AgrAbility hosted its second Peer Farmer Lunch in Greenville, NC. The lunch featured speakers from both the Land Loss Prevention Project and USDA Risk Mitigation projects. Both speakers focused on strategies and opportunities for farmers to protect their land during emergencies or financial hardship as well as helping protect themselves before a catastrophic event.

Six master of occupational therapy students at East Carolina University's College of Allied Health Sciences presented their final projects earlier in May. The students' projects focused on various aspects of the NC AgrAbility partnership's direct services. The presentations were in conjunction with the NC Occupational Therapists Conference in Greenville, NC. Four more ECU MSOT students will conduct AgrAbility research during the 2013-2014 academic year.

NC Farm Bureau produced a short documentary video about an NC AgrAbility client project featuring the installation of a NC State University Agricultural Engineering Senior Design solution. The film is available on YouTube and the NC AgrAbility Facebook page. It will be on RFD-TV in January 2014. Another NCSU BAE student design project for NC AgrAbility also created a YouTube video of an all-terrain wheelchair design. This video is also available on YouTube and the NC AgrAbility Facebook page.

Submitted by Michele Proctor