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November 2017

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Incorporating Health Insurance and Health Care Into Farm and Ranch Viability and Risk Management

A recorded webinar of interest contributed to the e-Note by Kerri Ebert, Kansas AgrAbility.

Go-Anywhere Wheelchair

Always on the lookout for new and innovative assistive devices, Michigan AgrAbility staff found a "new" type of wheel chair. The "Go-Anywhere Wheelchair" was developed in the UK. In case you haven't come across this assistive device, check out the Farm Show article here.
Farm Show


Pennsylvania Veteran Farmer Project has announced apprenticeship opportunities for veterans interested in agriculture. Opportunities include immediate openings, spring 2018 openings, paid apprenticeships, and more! Visit their website to learn more and to find the contact information for the farm proprietors.
Pennsylvania Veteran Farmer Project & Troops to Tractors

Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of USDA accepting applications to take its Foreign Service Officer Assessment

The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of USDA will be accepting applications to take its Foreign Service Officer Assessment Nov. 6-22nd. FAS is unique within the U.S. government for its sole focus on global food and agricultural trade and food security issues.

Ind. veteran/farmer wins free compact tractor

"Randy Ramberger recently became one of four U.S. veterans to receive free compact Kubota brand tractors through an initiative sponsored by the company and the Farmer Veteran Coalition."

2016 Indiana farm fatalities most since 1990

"The number of Hoosier farmers killed on the job soared last year to its highest total since 1990, with tractor-related incidents again accounting for the largest number of deaths."

Cultivating future scientists and leaders

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced grants to support agricultural science education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)."

How can NRCS help you?

"An NRCS agent will walk the land with you, conducting soil surveys, using aerial imagery and other information to help farmers develop a plan. Once a plan is in place, NRCS can help landowners determine what financial assistance they may qualify for."
Farm and Dairy

Farmers can cut energy bills through audit

"Farmers can significantly cut those energy costs — anywhere from 20 percent to 40 percent, in many cases, under an audit offered by Purdue Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and Michigan."

USDA invests in diverse ag science workforce

"Grants aim to increase women & minority representation in agricultural science workforce."

NYFC helping farmers buy land

"With two thirds of the nation’s farmland to change hands in the next twenty years, NYFC is ramping up its work to help beginning farmers and ranchers access land."

New organic management resource available

SARE’s new Organic Production topic room assists organic producers who are struggling to manage pests, whole systems, seeds, fertility management, certification, and more, in compliance with stringent organic standards.