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April 2014

West Virginia

Join West Virginia AgrAbility staff for exhibits, tractors and equipment, feeds and feed additives, cattle handling equipment, and more at the Jackson's Mill State 4-H Conference Center in Weston, West Virginia. From April 10–12 West Virginia AgrAbility will have a display showcasing assistive technologies and valuable resources available to the farmer. For more information, visit the West Virginia Beef Expo website.

During the month of March, West Virginia AgrAbility staff visited Jackson and Berkley Counties to demonstrate the use of assistive technologies, specifically the use of a hand cycle. Both were a great success. When selecting assistive technology products, it is crucial to find products that are compatible with the disability of the farmer.

AgrAbility staff visited farmers in Mineral, Clay, and Hampshire Counties with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis and degenerative joint disease, COPD, asthma, and a broken neck. Work between AgrAbility and West Virginia residents seeks to improve the quality of life of a farmer by encouraging networking through farm visits and consultations such as these.

Submitted by Amanda Fulk