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August 2014

North Carolina

NC AgrAbility participated in the Johnston County Progressive Ag Safety Day July 15 at Lazy O Farm in Four Oaks, NC. More than 300 children spent the day learning about everything from ATV safety to tick bites. NC's AgrAbility project coordinator and NCSU BAE students assisted in the day's activities and children were able to try ergonomic gardening tools for kids.

NC AgrAbility partner Arthritis Foundation-Mid-Atlantic was recognized in the ASHCA Summer 2014 newsletter as a recipient of a 2014 Agricultural Safety and Health Council for America (ASHCA) Safety Grant for "Arthritis Prevention and Self-management Program for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in North Carolina". The award was one of ten national awards funded by ASHCA in its new initiative. The purpose of the ASHCA Safety Grants Program is to encourage and provide financial support for agricultural safety and health interventions at the local or regional level in order to facilitate timely application of evidence-based safety/health strategies to protect agricultural workers.

Submitted by Michele Proctor