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December 2017

National AgrAbility Project

NTW 2018 To Do List
The hosts are preparing for our arrival and the sessions are planned! NTW 2018 is shaping up to be a great event.  Pre-conference events will take place on Monday, March 19th, with our opening reception that evening.  The full conference kicks off on Tuesday, March 20th and continues through Wednesday, March 21st.  The banquet and auction on Wednesday night, and some great tours booked for Thursday, March 22nd. Look for registration links in your email box soon!

Contact us any time: Tess McKeel, 585.447.9015;
or JoBeth Rath, 585.402.2059

Submitted by JoBeth Rath

The 2018 Virtual NTW is coming January 23-25, and the slate of six webinars has been established. Check your email soon for a registration link for these great sessions:

Submitted by Paul Jones

Chuck Baldwin with Dr. John and Kara Boyd of the National Black Farmers AssociationChuck Baldwin represented AgrAbility as a speaker and exhibitor at the 27th Annual National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) Conference November 3-4 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Roughly 200 people attended the event. Speakers included, among many others, Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, Dr. John Wesley Boyd, president and founder of the NBFA, Kara Brewer Boyd, cofounder with Dr. Boyd of the Association of American Indian Farmers and program/event coordinator for the NBFA, and Mr. Sherri Jones, award-winning civil rights activist.

Latonna Old Elk at microphone at NBFA ConferenceBecause Dr. and Mrs. Boyd lead both the NBFA and the Association of American Indian Farmers, this event was an excellent opportunity for sharing AgrAbility with both African American and Native American ag leaders and farmers. Latonna Old Elk, president of the First American's Land Grant Consortium (FALCON) and Extension coordinator for Little Big Horn College in Montana (where Paul Jones and Chuck Baldwin shared an AgrAbility workshop in September) also shared at this conference.

AgrAbility was honored during Friday night's Award Banquet when the National Black Farmers Association presented AgrAbility with their Partner of the Year 2017 award. This is a great honor for AgrAbility and speaks well of the efforts AgrAbility makes to ensure that minorities in agriculture have the same opportunities as other ag workers to access and benefit from the services and programs of the USDA. The award reads:

NBFA Partner of the Year award to AgrAbility"27th Annual National Black Farmers Conference
Partner of the Year Award
Recipient: AgrAbility
We are pleased to present AgrAbility the Partner of the Year 2017 Award at the 27th Annual National Black Farmers Association Conference.
AgrAbility has been a consistent partner in helping to provide Black Farmers with technical assistance to overcome obstacles facing their daily operations.
We look forward to continuing this meaningful partnership."

The National AgrAbility Project thanks the NBFA for their participation with AgrAbility in meeting the needs of Black Farmers, including those with disabilities, across the United States.

Submitted by Chuck Baldwin

The National AgrAbility Project and the Purdue Health and Safety Program collaborated with a display at the 2017 National Association of Extension 4-H Agents in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the JW Marriott hotel. Over 1,100 4-H extension educators from across the United States attended and visited the exhibit area. The display included NAP brochures, videos, arthritis publications, and Toolbox Assistive Technology Database products. The health and safety information featured the Youth Farm Safety and Certification Program and the Stop, Think & Live grain bin safety video.

Submitted by Steve Swain