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April 2014

North Carolina

Project Coordinator Michele Proctor presented NC AgrAbility's Work Smarter, Not Harder interactive curriculum at the 2014 North Carolina Farm Bureau Women's Conference in Durham, NC on March 25. There were 175 participants at the conference from over half of the state counties. More than 80 of these participants attended the NC AgrAbility educational sessions throughout the day. Participants learned about tools, tips, and tricks to help with chronic pain and preventing secondary injuries on the farm.

The NC Agromedicine Institute completed the 2014 NC Agricultural Medicine Core Course in Greenville, NC. Project Coordinator Michele Proctor presented the AgrAbility chapter to students, focusing on AgrAbility services and understanding barriers farmers and rural populations have when living with disabilities compared to urban populations.

Due to adverse weather, the March 19 training in Kannapolis has been rescheduled for May 30. Dr. Mary Hildebrand with East Carolina University Occupational Therapy will be conducting training titled "Cultivating Accessible Agriculture with NC AgrAbility" in Kannapolis, NC. All professionals who work with farmers who may have disabilities are welcome and continuing education credits will be available. The session will conclude with lunch and a farm site assessment. Please contact NC AgrAbility if interested in attending or email The deadline to register is May 23.

Submitted by Michele Proctor