Staff members, a student engineer, and a veteran/AgrAbility client were presenters during three sessions at the NTW in Portland, Maine, in March 2018:
- The first session was "Working with Senior Engineering Students in Addressing a Specific Assistive Technology Need". The session dealt with designing an easy hookup of a PTO shaft for a specific farmer. However, the student engineers used universal design criteria so that the PTO shaft might be used in other similar applications. A 3-D small scale printed mockup was shown during the session. Kyle Haney, a student mechanical engineer, was a co-presenter at the session.
- The second session was "AgrAbility Quality of Life: Our latest Findings and Future Directions". This session gave an overview of several program evaluations with the latest being demographic data from an estimated 11,754 new clients between 1992 and 2015. The results of the most recent three studies were discussed along with new directions for the future.
- In the third session, Tim Robinson, a veteran and Georgia AgrAbility client, was a participant on the veterans' panel. The panel discussed their farming operations, how to interact with the VA, and their involvement in AgrAbility.
On March 13th, AgrAbility sponsored a workshop titled, "Selling at The Farmers Market". It was held at UGA's Tifton campus. Two experienced farmer market managers taught the course. Participants learned about a wide variety of strategies to be successful at the farmers market.At the end of the day, participants were divided into teams to create a farmers market booth. Participants gave the workshop very high ratings.
Submitted by Rebecca Brightwell