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December 2016

National AgrAbility Project

Knoxville, TNSave the Date!
The 2017 AgrAbility National Training Workshop will be held March 20-23, 2017. Conference headquarters will be the Holiday Inn World's Fair Park located in downtown Knoxville, TN.

While we won't ask for registrations until January 2017, it isn't too early to think about a few things:

Look for details from your NTW Planning Committee in your inbox soon!

Submitted by JoBeth Rath

NAP booth at National FFA ConventionThe National AgrAbility Project partnered with several ag health and safety groups including the AgriSafe Network, Ohio State grain safety, and Penn State safety program, for an exhibit at the National FFA Convention. Each organization presented their program thru interactive activities that engaged the NAP at National FFA ConventionFFA members and visitors via a scavenger hunt with a safety t-shirt as their reward. The AgrAbility display included AgrAbility brochures, AgrAbility Harvest newsletters, other publications, and a John Deere tractor with a Life Essentials lift.

Submitted by Steve Swain

Paul Jones and Chuck Baldwin with Alcorn State Univeristy staffPaul Jones, NAP project manager, and Chuck Baldwin, NAP's special populations outreach coordinator, Alcorn farmer panel Donald Vowell, Courtney Casey, and Laurren Longhelped teach and facilitate the Alcorn State University 1890s AgrAbility Workshop held at Alcorn's Lorman, MS, campus September 12-13. A total of 59 people from six states and three 1890s attended the workshop. The complete Alcorn AgrAbility Workshop Report can be read by clicking on the link.

An AgrAbility workshop focused on the 1890 land grant institutions was held at Florida A&M University (FAMU) November 30-December 1. Paul Jones and Chuck Baldwin shared the teaching responsibilities, along with representatives of the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST), and Bill Begley of Life Essentials. The FAMU Workshop Report with pictures can be viewed by clicking on the link.

Submitted by Chuck Baldwin