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October 2014

North Carolina

NC AgrAbility Project Coordinator Michele Proctor along with Robin Tutor-Marcom of the NC Agromedicine Institute presented introductory information and a resource booth about NC AgrAbility at the August 11, 2014 StrikeForce Meeting in Rockingham, NC. The meeting was a special event to introduce veterans interested in beginning farming to NC resources and networking. NC AgrAbility farmer John Holshouser, a Vietnam War veteran, shared a few words with attendees. The meeting was supported by the Rockingham FSA office and a number of public officials and representatives from local, state and national levels.

NC AgrAbility took the front page of the NC Agromedicine Institute Summer 2014 newsletter, featuring guest contributor and NC AgrAbility farmer Pam Martin. Pam shared her experience from the 2014 National AgrAbility Training Workshop as well as other thoughts on the program. Other NC AgrAbility news was shared on pages 2 and 3. The digital version of the newsletter will be coming soon to:

NC AgrAbility was again chosen by the NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to be the feature attraction in the NC Department of Agriculture exhibit “Agriculture Today.” The booth will feature picture panels about the project as well as assistive devices for agriculture- both student designs as well as commercial options. The tent will be open the entire duration of the fair, October 16- 26.

NC AgrAbility will have a booth at the NCATP/NCRA GREAT Conference in Greenville, NC, October 22-24. Dr. Mary Hildebrand of ECU Occupational Therapy and her MS occupational therapy students will present a one-hour CEU session on adaptive technology for agriculture. Participants will receive a make-and-take kit of assistive devices that can be made or purchased for $3.00 or less. Life Essentials will also have a booth at the conference. NC AgrAbility wishes to welcome Life Essentials and thank them for coming to share their product line with the rehabilitative and assistive technology professionals in NC and for helping increase awareness of need in NC.

Submitted by Michele Proctor