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July 2014

National AgrAbility Project News

AgrAbility Regional Training Workshops Coming Soon! Pittsburgh Regional Training Workshop: July 29-July 30; Colorado Regional Training Workshop: September 30 – October 1. More

AgrAbility webinar Increasing Visual Accessibility on Agricultural Machinery July 23 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. More

An AgrAbility workshop is to be held on the University of Maryland Eastern Shore campus August 14-15, 2014 More

A 2nd national arthritis and agriculture conference is being planned and a committee has been formed. More

Chuck Baldwin is currently working on producing a list of contacts at the 1994 Native American land-grant institutions. If anyone has contacts that could be helpful to AgrAbility at one or more of those schools or their Extension agencies, please contact Chuck at:

A new gardening and arthritis resource is being developed. More

Networking Resource Highlight: National Association of Area Agencies on Aging More

The NAP is scheduled to participate in the Midwest Conference for Farmer Veterans on July 25-26 at Drake Agricultural Law Center in Des Moines. More

The National AgrAbility Project staffed an exhibit and also conducted a full-day instructional course on AT and Safety in Agriculturally-Related Workplaces at the RESNA Conference (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America) in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 12-14, 2014, . More

Amber Wolfe, national partner from the Arthritis Foundation, attended the Association of Communication Excellence (ACE) Conference in Portland, Oregon, June 23-25. More

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

State and Regional AgrAbility Project News


USDA Deputy Secretary Harden came to UC Davis to launch the new Beginning Farmers and Ranchers program. She said the new website ( will serve as a one-stop shop for farmers just starting out.

CalAg's collaborators, Farmer Veteran Coalition, Center for Land Based Learning, and USDA, made the news helping a female Navy veteran consumer in Elverta, CA, develop an aquaponic farm by providing training and grants. More

Staff attended the "Technology & Farmworkers: Mobile Technology for a Mobile Population" training, discussing ways that cell phones and applications are used to deliver better health info to farm workers in California and nationwide. More

The UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Bilingual Media Service interviewed CalAgrAbility on the "Get Moving" exercise program, "Health is Wealth" diabetes program, and heat stress. This will be broadcast throughout the west.

CalAg collaborator, Sacramento Ergonomics Roundtable, will begin regular meetings in October and are planning a 2015 ergonomics conference.

CalAg conducted four "Get Moving" arthritis exercise classes and one "Health is Wealth" diabetes program in Yolo and Sacramento counties. More

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Amber Wolfe staffed an exhibit at the Indiana Rural Health Association's annual conference, June 10-11, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Indiana AgrAbility staffed a display at the 2014 Indiana FFA Convention on the Purdue University campus June 17-18, 2014. More

Indiana AgrAbility presented the Bridging Horizons Community Service Contest awards during the second general session of the 2014 Indiana FFA Convention at Purdue University on June 18, 2014. More

Linda Tarr, Indiana AgrAbility, has been busy getting ready for county fairs. More

Carl Jenkins attended the Lucas Oil Summerfest which was held at the Harrison County Fairgrounds and the Spencer County 4-H Fair in Chrisney, IN. He will be attending several other fairs in southern Indiana in July.


Missouri received USDA Risk Management Agency funds for Veterans as New Farmers in Missouri. More

AgrAbility staff members Maureen Cunningham, director, Brain Injury Association of Missouri, Jon Sabala, veteran services director, Department of Mental Health, and Karen Funkenbusch, MU extension, participated in the monthly MOBHA Alliance teleconference. More

Staff members from the Innovative Small Farmers Outreach Program continued to partner with the MO AgrAbility Project. More

Pharm to Farm: a novel APPE delivering on-site farmstead medication assessment to rural Missourians poster abstract appeared in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2014; 78 (5) Article 111, page 89. Kelly A. Cochran, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Karen Funkenbusch, University of Missouri – Kansas City.

North Carolina

Dr. Mary Hildebrand of East Carolina University presented "The OT Role in Helping Farmers with Disabilities- A New State Affiliate of the National AgrAbility Project" and "The Special Health Needs of Aging Farmers - Occupational Therapy Interventions" at the 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists in Yokohama, Japan, June 18- 21, 2014.

NC AgrAbility was the guest presenter at the June 20, 2014, NC Assistive Technology Project's Grant Advisory Council Meeting at the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services State Office. More

NC AgrAbility had a booth at the 10th Annual North Carolina Minority Landowners and Farmers Conference Tuesday - Thursday, June 24-26, 2014, in Rocky Mount, NC. More

NC AgrAbility Project Coordinator Michele Proctor represented NC AgrAbility at the 2014 International Society of Agricultural Safety & Health Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, June 21-26.

NC AgrAbility farmer Pamela Martin of Franklin, NC, was published on the National AgrAbility Project's National Training Workshop web page. More


Brittany Cowgill and Suzanna Windon, both graduate students working with the Ohio AgrAbility Program (OAP), gave presentations at the 2014 ISASH Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. More


AgrAbility of Utah participated in a "Day on the Farm – 2014" on June 7 in Midway, UT. More

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