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September 2013

National AgrAbility Project News

Register now for AgrAbility Regional Workshops scheduled in Jacksonville Florida and Yuma Arizona. more

AgrAbility Webinar: Fiscal Sustainability and AgrAbility Projects, Monday, September 23 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Register here by September 18. more

Several webinar sessions have been confirmed for the 2013 AgrAbility Virtual NTW, including one on the Affordable Care Act for rural residents. more

The National AgrAbility Project and the Illinois AgrAbility Unlimited staff had displays in the health and safety tent at the 2013 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois. more

Amber Wolfe hosted a full-day "Arthritis and Agriculture" workshop at the Carnegie Library in Marion, IL on August 20. more

NAP staff had a conference call with Greg Alleyne, a supervisor with the Veterans Administration's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service, to discuss expanded AgrAbility outreach to veterans.

Amber Wolfe presented a three hour "Arthritis and Agriculture" workshop to occupational therapists, Extension educators, and KY AgrAbility staff on Monday, August 26 at the Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, KY.

The National AgrAbility Project Advisory Team had their fall conference call with NAP staff on September 13 to receive updates and provide feedback on project activities.

The Arthritis Community of Interest (COI) group held its 26th call on August 27 at 2:00 PM EDT. more

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

Toolbox Spotlight
As summer is almost over, many farmers could benefit from some of the larger machines and tools recently added to the Toolbox. more

State and Regional AgrAbility Project News


CalAgrAbility continues to conduct Get Moving: Prevention and Pain Management Exercise Program classes at Clinica Tepati in Sacramento. more

CalAg was represented at the Tomato Festivals in Woodland and in Fairfield. more

CalAg collaborated with Agricultural Industries Transportation Services (AITS) to provide CalVans, farm worker transportation van pools, and educational resources to each of their vans in Napa, Sonoma, and Yolo County. more

CalAgrAbility continues to use twitter as a networking method, with 125 followers. Follow us at


Indiana AgrAbility staffed a display in the FFA Pavilion at the Indiana State Fair. more

Indiana AgrAbility was represented at the INDATA AT Palooza by Steve Swain, the project’s assistive technology specialist. more

The Andersons Grain Group held the first annual Charity Golf Outing to Benefit Indiana AgrAbility at the Tippecanoe Country Club in Monticello, IN. more

Amber Wolfe coordinated a booth for Indiana AgrAbility and the Arthritis Foundation at the Indiana Rural Health Association annual conference, Indianapolis, August 7-8. more


KY AgrAbility is looking forward to hosting the 2014 NTW. The staff has been busy talking to local and state organizations so that everyone has a chance to experience Bluegrass hospitality. more

Kentucky AgrAbility client Trent Hunter on the cover of Fastline.Kentucky AgrAbility client Trent Hunter was featured by Fastline Kentucky with his Cover Tractor of the Month. article on page 80

KY AgrAbility helped host the Summer Assistive Technology Workshop at Kentucky State University and was able to supply several speakers from partners and members. Once again the event surpassed the previous year's total for attendees.

John Hancock attended the National Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists conference in Columbus, OH in July, along with several representatives from Kentucky’s vocational rehabilitation office.

KY AgrAbility has a full slate of events for this fall. Coming up is the KARRN Conference held for the second year at Eastern KY University in Richmond, KY on September 25. more


Maine AgrAbility has developed an information and referral (I&R) note pad to use at events. more

Maine AgrAbility participated in the 2013 Maine Farm Days in Clinton. Staff conducted a survey on arthritis to start conversation with over a hundred farmers and gardeners during the two-day event.

Maine AgrAbility has also started a Pinterest page for farmers to check out AT ideas. Check us out, make suggestions and follow us!

Health Care students at the Missouri State Fair.Missouri

On August 7, Bob Eisenkramer from Enhanced Vision provided an outstanding hands-on demonstration of the newest technology available for people with low vision. more

August 8 through August 18, University of Missouri Extension AgrAbility staff members went to the State Fair with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Labor, and Missouri Farm Bureau. more

A blood pressure test at the Missouri State Fair.University of Missouri Health Care, MU School of Medicine, and Missouri AgrAbility Project also sponsored several community health events and interactive displays at the Missouri State Fair, including free skin cancer screenings of exposed skin. more

On August 11, the UMKC School of Pharmacy on the MU campus participated in the Mizzou Central area of the MO-Ag Theatre with the University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, and Missouri AgrAbility Project at the Missouri State Fair. more

Missouri AgrAbility updated their statewide AgrAbility Project: a Client Demographic Database. more

NC ArgAbility's Garden ScooterNorth Carolina

Summer student projects wrapped up at the beginning of August with an IRB-approved survey and evaluation of Garden Scooter 1.0. more

The Garden Scooter as well as last year's NC AgrAbility senior design awards have been published in the NCSU CALS newsletter, website, and the College’s Perspectives Magazine. more

NC AgrAbility recently completed three new informational resources that will be available in September 2013. more

As fall sets in and temperatures cool, North Carolina's show season is already heating up. more


On August 16, Ohio AgrAbility and Growing Warriors met to discuss the Dayton VA greenhouse project. more

Ohio AgrAbility has joined forces with several partners on a Growers Workforce Development Project. more


Vermont AgrAbility staff members Gail Lapierre and Bill Snow assisted in the launching of the new Accessibility Center at Empire Farm Days in Seneca Falls, New York. more

Inetta Fluharty explaining AgrAbility’s mission to a West Virginia State Fair visitor.West Virginia

AgrAbility and USDA Youth Safety Grant Family Program Highlighted at WV State Fair. more

On August 24 at the "Jane Lew Safety Day" event in Jane Lew, WV, Inetta Fluharty discussed Farm Safety pertaining to youth and adults, WV AgrAbility, and the use of ergonomic gardening tools to avoid the over-use of joints.

WV AgrAbility staff attended the People First of West Virginia Conference September 4-6. more

Staff Changes


Please welcome Kelly Gewecke to the Nebraska AgrAbility Team. Kelly will handle management details for the project, as well as providing expertise on work incentives.

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