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March 2015


Based on survey results collected from farmers this winter, Maine AgrAbility has identified the need for more information about farm emergency action plans. Too often, when first responders arrive on the scene of a farm-related emergency, they don't have the proper knowledge, training, personnel, or equipment to manage the situation. In coordination with Cooperative Extension, Maine AgrAbility will start assisting farmers with information on how to develop their own plan. Read the article shared on our website at:

ME AgrAbility client Stan Haynes showing MPBN's Jennifer Mitchell the Clay Hill FarmDuring the middle of the blustery cold February weather, AgrAbility client Stan Haynes showed MPBN's (Maine's National Public Radio news source) Jennifer Mitchell around Clay Hill Farm. Stan spoke with Jennifer and AgrAbility specialist Ellen Gibson about his limitations and the recommendations made by the AgrAbility program. Stan has been able to make small modifications to his tractor, with the assistance of Vocational Rehabilitation, that make for large changes in Stan's farming ability. Stan's story was featured on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

Submitted by Lani Carlson