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January 2018


Hmong producersKaren Funkenbusch from Missouri AgrAbility presented at the ABC's of USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) program roundtable on Thursday, December 14, for Hmong producers. Information presented and handed out during the roundtable were in English and Hmong, and sponsored by the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (also known as the 2501 Program) and Lincoln University Cooperative Extension Innovative Small Farmers' Outreach Program. David Middleton, Hmong consultant with Missouri AgrAbility, exhibited, discussed, and handed out Missouri AgrAbility health, safety, and wellness resource materials. Female Hmong producers picked up their customized Missouri AgrAbility and USDA FSA program materials.

Submitted by Karen Funkenbusch, David Middleton, Willard Downs

Kelly Cochran, PharmD, BCPS, from University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy, a Missouri AgrAbility collaborator, delivered an AgriSafe webinar titled: "Pharm to Farm: Partnerships to make clinical pharmacy services available to Missouri farmers". Participants were equipped to recognize the benefits of the delivery of clinical pharmacy services in rural communities and to identify opportunities for collaboration with health professions schools to provide outreach services to AgrAbility clients. Thirteen participants from seven states were in attendance for the live session, and the webinar will be available to AgriSafe members for viewing in their archives.

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy included one student pharmacist in AgrAbility client outreach activities throughout December. Doctoral pharmacy student Morgan Creel, along with Kelly Cochran, provided two Pharm to Farm on-site farmstead medication assessments. One pharmacy was visited in coordination with farmstead visits, and promotional materials for Missouri AgrAbility Project and Pharm to Farm were distributed. Services provided during farmstead visits included free point-of-care health screenings, disease state education, AgriSafe Health Risk Assessments, and comprehensive medication review. Health screenings provided were valued at over $100 for each farm family. Farmers were advised on safe medication practices and provided with tips for falls prevention, preventing complications of health conditions, medication reminder/adherence strategies for safe medicine use, and management of medication side effects to avoid injury.

Submitted by Kelly Cochran