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September 2014

WI Farm Tech Days

AgrAbility of Wisconsin travelled to Wisconsin Farm Technology Days to display an informational booth in the Progress Pavilion, run by UW Extension. The display featured an air-ride tractor seat from K&M Manufacturing, which generated increased traffic and served as a conversation starter. Also displayed were many simple gadgets that can be used in different ways on the farm. Counselors from local DVR offices took shifts in the booth and assisted in answering questions. Past clients of AgrAbility also helped in the booth for the purpose of sharing their AgrAbility story. Overall, the show was successful. Many stopped to talk and pick up information and brochures. Ten new clients were enrolled the following week, and various cases were re-opened following conversations at the show.

AgrAbility staff recently began working with a UW Madison Biological Systems Engineering course to guide a group of students in the design of a calf cart. This will serve as an opportunity to showcase the partnership with the university and stay connected at the student level. The staff will serve as mentors to the students in the design process throughout the semester, and their design will be entered in one of many different engineering contests.

Submitted by Hannah Gerbitz