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September 2016


Maine Farms Days AgrAbility displayMaine AgrAbility had a table and display at Maine Farms Days in Clinton, Maine, at Misty Meadows Farm on August 24-25, 2016. The focus of the display was youth farm safety, and Cooperative Extension focused on tractor and ATV roll-over safety. It was a successful event discussing preventive measures to stay safe at home and work on the farm.

Lani Carlson and Richard Brzozowski attended the Second Annual University of Maine System Aging Initiative Workshop held on August 22, 2016. Over 100 researchers, community leaders, and students attended the event in an effort to network across disciplines to advance work on aging-related issues in Maine.

On August 11, 2016, by a majority vote of the board of directors, the Maine chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition was dissolved. In its place, the newly chartered United Farmer Veterans of Maine has been established. It is a 501(c)19, a veteran-operated non-profit with a similar mission: to build a stronger community in Maine around veterans and their role in agriculture.

Maine AgrAbility has finalized the FishAbility brochure, and it will be made available soon. This is a Maine AgrAbility program working with fishermen, as part of the diverse Maine agriculture. FishAbility supports fishermen who experience barriers to employment such as aging, injury, or chronic illness.

Submitted by Lani Carlson