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October 2013

National AgrAbility Project News

Plans for the 2014 National Training Workshop, March 31-April 3, are well underway. more

Join the NAP, other professionals, and consumers for the AgrAbility Regional Workshop in Yuma, AZ, on December 2-4. more

The 2013 AgrAbility Virtual NTW is scheduled for December 10-12. Click here for a preliminary schedule.Participatants at FL regional workshop

The NAP, though partner Goodwill of the Finger Lakes, hosted an AgrAbility Regional Workshop in Jacksonville, FL. more

NAP collaborating parter, the Farmer Veteran Coalition, is hosting the Empowering Women Veterans Conference 2013. more

The U.S. Senate and House have both appointed conference committees to attempt to reconcile their versions of the Farm Bill. This is a good time for public education about AgrAbility. more

Paul Jones attended the Galaxy IV national Extension conference in Pittsburgh and gave the presentation, "A New Era for Farmers with Disabilities: Expanded Dissemination of Resources and Training through Electronic Media."

The Arthritis Foundation is committed to providing patients with arthritis the tools they need to make an educated decision about health coverage under the new Affordable Care Act. more

Amber Wolfe continues to serve on the Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference planning committee, serving as the facilities chair. more

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

Toolbox Spotlight
This month's spotlight features solutions for everyday tasks that would help to prevent secondary injuries. 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 two events in Lodi this month: Nutrition, Health & Safety Fair and Celebration on Central. more

Staff also attended Latino Health Awareness Month in Woodland, CA where attendees were given health screenings and nutrition books as well as information on the Affordable Care Act. more

CalAg continues to collaborate with the One Sight program and LensCrafters, providing consumers with eyeglasses to help them continue working.

CalAgrAbility continues to use twitter as a networking method. We have 127 followers. Follow us at


Amy Gossman and dog Ash, the Goodwill ambassador dog, at the Colorado State Fair.The Colorado Project provided an educational table at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, Colorado. Pictured is Amy Gossman, outreach and education administration assistant, Colorado Department of Agriculture, at the event with Ash, the Colorado Goodwill ambassador dog.

CAP presented a training and outreach to the Mental Health Consortium of Colorado on September 26, providing information about mental health issues and farm culture.


Amber Wolfe, project coordinator for the Arthritis Foundation, has started a new rotation of presentations for the Indiana Area Agencies on Aging in northern Indiana. more

Amber Wolfe presented an hour-long session titled Arthritis A to Z at the Easter Seals Crossroads Assistive Technology Training Day on Friday, September 20, in Indianapolis. more


Steve Hoover and Kerri Ebert, Kansas AgrAbility Project, each presented workshop sessions at the 2013 Assistive Technology for Kansans AT Expo 2013. more

Kansas AgrAbility AT Specialists Steve Hoover, Galen Seehafer, and Jeannie Sharp with assistance from Assistive Technology for Kansans, produced a series of seven farm modification videos featuring Kansas AgrAbility customers. more

Maine AgrAbility's booth at the Common Ground Fair.Maine

Maine AgrAbility presented a Working Safely on the Farm presentation to the Maine Christmas Tree Growers Association.

Staff presented a webinar titled Keep Farming Using Technology (see archived Webinar and YouTube video) featuring an orchard business owner and the successful work with AgrAbility.

The Farm Trike Maine showed at the Common Ground Fair.Staff attended the three-day Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine. more

To promote workplace safety, Maine AgrAbility developed a brightly colored decal to be applied to tractor fenders, dashboards, and windshields. The decal reminds operators to work safely. See more at Stickers.

Maine AgrAbility has also started a Twitter account--follow us!


Missouri AgrAbility staff participated in several activities and trainings. more

North Carolina

The Wayne County Master Gardener's accessible garden.NC AgrAbility presented at the Wayne County Master Gardener's September meeting and toured their accessible garden. more

NC AgrAbility was featured as part of the NC Agromedicine Institute booth at the 2013 Mountain State fair. more

New AgrAbility student projects are well underway involving NC State University Biological & Agricultural Engineering students, the East Carolina Occupational Therapy Department, and Western Carolina University's Physical and Occupational Therapy programs. more

Additionally, a team has been developed to produce the NC AgrAbility Work Smarter, Not Harder initiative. more

NC AgrAbility is pleased to be increasing involvement of two team partners, the Arthritis Foundation-Mid-Atlantic Region as well as the NC Assistive Technology Project to improve and expand quality of direct services to AgrAbility farmers.

NC AgrAbility wrapped up September with an inspirational day at the 2013 Back in the Woods Again annual deer hunt and fellowship weekend in Bear Creek, NC. more


Rodger Harms and Rod Peterson at Husker Harvest Days.Nebraska AgrAbility staff and peer volunteers promoted Nebraska AgrAbility during Husker Harvest Days, a three-day premier farm and ranch show near Grand Island, Nebraska. more

"Creak, Crack, Groan, Moan: Kids Get Arthritis, Too!" was presented to nearly 150 youngsters at the Farm Safety Day in Bladen, NE. more

September is a month of safety days in Nebraska. more


Ohio AgrAbility participated in the 2013 Ohio Farm Science Review on September 17-19. more


AgrAbility of Utah participated in an Assistive Technology Fair at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) on September 17. more

Inetta Fluharty showcasing assistive technologies at the People First of West Virginia Self Advocacy Conference in Parkersburg, WV.West Virginia

A rural Jackson County, West Virginia native reached out for help from West Virginia AgrAbility in September for assistance in hunting. more

On October 10, 2013 farm safety will be the main topic showcased at Mercer County Elementary School. more

AgrAbility staff presented to the National Resources Conservation Service staff in September and had the opportunity to hear information on AgrAbility's purpose and the breakdown of statistics from a national standpoint on agricultural incidents. more

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

West Virginia AgrAbility staff provided information to a Nicholas County farmer about government programs that help new and existing agricultural businesses start, expand, obtain financing, and comply with laws and regulations. more


Wyoming AgrAbility staff gave a presentation, Assistive Technology for the Ranch & Farm, at the Agriculture and Natural Resources Western Region Teaching Symposium on the University of Wyoming campus.

Staff Changes


Please welcome Jenny Gibbs, Nebraska's new rural rehabilitation/self-employment specialist. Jenny will work from her home in York, NE. She comes to the project with an extensive background in education and special education. Her experiences include a farm background, advocating for clients and students, and disability assessments. She started with the Nebraska Project on September 30.

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