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January 2014


Pennsylvania was fortunate enough to be funded again after a three-year hiatus. During that period, Dr. Connie Baggett, project director, continued to carry out limited AgrAbility activities with the help of a fee-for-service agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. The newly funded project includes the following members:

  1. Connie Baggett ( project director
  2. Dennis Murphy ( co-project director
  3. Erica Bobbitt ( project associate and case manager (pending PSU clearance)
  4. Linda Fetzer ( project manager
  5. Susan Tachau ( non-profit project director
  6. Tracy Beck ( non-profit assistant project director
  7. Michael Freeman ( non-profit project outreach coordinator

With this new beginning, Erica Bobbitt will assume much of the project's interactions with Pennsylvania farmers and agricultural workers who have a disability. She will ensure that issues facing these farmers and their families receive the attention needed to help them maintain their agricultural operations or return to productive farming operations. She will also work closely with AgrAbility cooperating agencies and organizations throughout the state and nation.

Michael Freeman has been hired by the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation as AgrAbility outreach coordinator. In this role he will be responsible for helping to promote PA's AgrAbility program by working closely with Penn State's case manager, contributing newsletter articles/press releases, and helping to raise awareness of PA's program.

Submitted by Michael Freeman