In partnership, AgrAbility staff members from the UM Extension, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, and Brain Injury Association of Missouri facilitated the following USDA NIFA priority activities:
- Participated in NAP gardening with arthritis meeting, program evaluation meeting, and all-staff AgrAbility call.
- Conducted Level 1 onsite farmstead AgrAbility assessments with Rehab Services for the Blind and Vocational Rehabilitation for veterans.
- Advised new AgrAbility customers about their particular operation; provided advocacy to assist them in obtaining financial assistance from the Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Rehab Services for the Blind, Vocational Rehabilitation for veterans, Life Essentials, and USDA FSA Beginner Farmer Program for Veterans; and direct services from the Brain Injury Association of Missouri and Department of Health and Senior Services.
- Educated health, farm, and governmental providers within the context of production agriculture by giving two face-to-face presentations and disseminating Missouri's specific AgrAbility resource materials.
- Educated two new MU Extension farm management specialists about the Missouri AgrAbility Program and provided resource materials.
- Conducted PI's meeting with MU Extension, LU Extension ISFOP, and BIA-MO at Lincoln University.
- Co-Facilitated PI's partnership meeting with Mo Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to discuss client case management, fee for service agreement, and future training opportunities.
- Submitted several posters and one presentation for the 2015 NTW.
- Planned two veteran farmer workshops with Center for Rural Affairs, MU Extension, and LU Extension. One workshop will be held at Lincoln University and the other at Fort Leonard Wood. In addition to face-to-face conference sessions,one-on-one assistance will be provided by social services agencies, and several local veteran farmers will showcase their farms/ranches, share information about the various agencies they have turned to for assistance, and discuss ways in which they have transitioned from combat to farm boots.
During January, Kelly Cochran at the UMKC School of Pharmacy at MU:
- Provided AgrAbility flyers to Missouri farmer(s) in an internal medicine clinic & educated 2 physicians about AgrAbility resources.
- Met with Missouri AgrAbility PIs to discuss the plan of work and began the timing of plan of work activities
- Submitted a proposal for an NTW poster
Submitted by Karen Funkenbusch, MU Extension, LU Extension, and BIA-Missouri