The AgrAbility National Training Workshop will take place in Lincoln, NE, March 25-28, 2019, at the Embassy Suites-Downtown Lincoln. The request for proposals and request for posters have been sent out and is due back to Tess McKeel by October 15th. More
Check www.agrability.org/trainings for information on these and other events.
AgrAbility Webinar: "New and Improved Methods of Accessing Large Off-Road Machinery for People with Mobility Limitations," Thursday, October 11, 3:00 p.m. ET. Look for registration information coming soon on the listserv.
Plowshares Technical Report: "Agricultural Machinery Access Lifts: Design, Utilization, and Safety Issues," is now available at www.agrability.org/resources/technical/. A mailing is scheduled to go out soon with printed copies of the latest editions of the Plowshares reports to gauge the level of interest in ordering printed copies
The NAP has updated its web page on mental/behavioral health issues at www.agrability.org/resources/mental-behavioral-health. If you suggestions for additional resources to be added to this page, please contact Paul Jones.
The NAP is reprinting BACK on the Farm, BACK in the Saddle: A Guide to Back Health in Agriculture. If your organization would like to order copies at the pre-printing cost of $0.37 each plus shipping (minimum 100), please contact Paul Jones by Friday, September 21.
In August, JoBeth Rath and Tess McKeel staffed a booth, in conjunction with ABVI, at the Empire Farm Days located in Seneca Falls, NY. More
The National AgrAbility Project staffed a display in the Health and Safety Tent at the 2018 Farm Progress Show at Boone, Iowa. More
Toolbox Spotlight: The rechargeable battery-powered Hyndsight Portable/Wireless Rear-Vision System is designed for use on any equipment or vehicle (e.g., tractor, combine, trailing implement, truck, UTV), in the barn, or various other places where rearward visibility would help prevent collisions and provide safety monitoring.
California AgrAbility joined Dignity Health's Health Fair to bring resources to Durst Organic Growers. More
California AgrAbility staff joined NAP's Peer Support for People with Disabilities in Rural and Agricultural Communities webinar. More
Staff attended the Public Health Sciences Practicum Symposium and learned about the California Department of Public Health's insect repellent campaign. More
California AgrAbility sent out another Quarterly, updating agencies, consumers, and constituents on events in which staff participated. More
The Colorado AgrAbility Project has been gearing up for their annual Winter Workshops. More
This fall will be busy for CO AgrAbility. They have a doctoral OT intern doing his level one community experience with them. More
Candy is hard at work getting ready to attend the APRIL conference as well as a USDA Conservation conference. She will be a presenter at both conferences. More
Staff partnered with the University of Georgia Business Law Clinic to provide assistance for Georgia AgrAbility clients that may need legal advice in setting up a new business. More
Staff attended the August Hay Day on the 29th hosted by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices in Lamar and Upson counties. More
Staff were invited to present a session August 29th at the Paralyzed Veterans of America Healthcare Summit and Expo held in Dallas, Texas. More
The AgrAbility Illinois staff members have actively worked over the prior months to prepare for their participation in the Illinois State Fair in August. More
Kelly Gagnon, the AgrAbility IL communications coordinator, also attended the IL Rural Health Conference. More
Michael Halpin, an Illinois farmer and AgrAbility Unlimited client, was featured in the local ACES magazine telling his story about the injury he sustained while working on his family farm, his recovery process, and the support that AgrAbility Unlimited was able to provide him thus far on his journey. More
In the continuation of AgrAbility Unlimited's 2018 marketing plan, an "Ambassador of the Month" program was implemented to recognize the organization's most supportive volunteers. More
Indiana AgrAbility staffed a display in the Indiana FFA Pavilion at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis August 3 through 19. More
On Farmer's Day at the Indiana State Fair, Indiana AgrAbility presented a display in the Purdue Extension/Horticulture Building. More
Steve Swain, Indiana AgrAbility rural rehabilitation specialist, made a presentation to the North Montgomery Ag Mechanics class at North Montgomery High School. More
Linda Tarr worked six days at the Indiana State Fair. It was hot, but very busy. She also took flyers to the Springville Feeder Auction and had a booth at the RHI Brain Injury regional conference.
Chuck Baldwin, Breaking New Ground/Indiana AgrAbility project manager, attended the Indiana Amish Handicap [sic] Gathering held outside of Saint Joe, IN, August 25. More than 150 Amish were in attendance, all of them impacted personally or familially by disability. More
Dr. Danyele Clingan, AgrAbility staff, and Kelsey Meyers, Purdue Extension - Henry County, co-taught the Mental Health First Aid course August 29th to 24 participants at Caldwell Acres outside of Rushville, IN. More
A very busy August has come and gone. September looks to be off with a challenging schedule also. August 7th, Mike Lewis attended a suicide prevention workshop addressing stress and signs of depression.
Maryfrances Gross, certified driver rehab specialist, attended the ADED Conference in Richmond, VA, August 10 - 14. She hosted the KY AgrAbility exhibit while attending the conference.
KY AgrAbility participated in the Third Thursday event at the KSU Research Farm in Frankfort. More
The following week, the 9th Annual KY Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network Conference was held at Eastern KY University in Richmond, KY. More
Immediately following the KARRN conference, the KY AgrAbility staff left for the KY State Fair in Louisville, KY, where they assisted the KY Department of Agriculture Safety team with the roll-over tractor demonstration. More
Staff then traveled west to Owensboro, KY, and the KY Rehabilitation Association Conference. The AgrAbility exhibit was manned by Mike Lewis and Linda Bokros. More
A Labor Day break was greatly appreciated but it is back to work in September. The first week will find the staff following up with the raised bed gardens at the Beacon Apartments south of Lexington. More
KY AgrAbility is proud to announce that it will be hosting a Farmer Veteran Coalition Stakeholders meeting on October 15th at the KSU Research Farm in Frankfort, KY.
The KY Congress on Spinal Cord Injury will be held September 21 in Lexington. KY AgrAbility has been a supporter of this group since it began and will once again be attending. Several AgrAbility clients will be there as speakers and participants.
As the year heads toward fall, staff will be working with current clients, visiting with previous clients, and helping new referrals find a way to stay productive on the farm and achieve a quality of life that contributes to their mental wellness. More
Ellen Gibson of Goodwill Northern New England talked with the Maine Cheese Guild at their monthly meeting in Jonesboro on August 6th about the new self-assessment tool for cheese makers. More
Maine AgrAbility exhibited at the Foothills Food Festival in Norway, Maine, on August 11th, sharing AgrAbility information and resources with farmers and public interested in Maine agriculture.
Project staff also exhibited at Maine Farm Days in Clinton, Maine, August 22-23. The display focused on back health and aging farmers.
Project Director Richard Brzozowski spoke at the University of Maine Systems Aging Initiative Workshop on August 24th in Belfast, making a short presentation to 150 people about current research and programming... More
During the NAP all-staff webinar on August 29th, Project Coordinator Lani Carlson presented Maine AgrAbility's work with Vocational Rehabilitation counselors and workforce employment specialists and their collaborative effort to identify possible employment opportunities for transition aged youth on farms.
Michigan AgrAbility was pleased to assist Chris to continue to do what he loves to do... farm! Chris was born with spina bifida, which has led to other complications including making it difficult for Chris to work on the farm. More
Heroes to Hives is a program through Michigan State University Extension that seeks to address financial and personal wellness of veterans through professional training and community development centered around beekeeping. More
The Michigan AgrAbility program helped install a new spring-loaded gate on the farm of Jeff and Jo Browne, livestock farmers in Menominee County in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. More
Duane Bordine, one of Michigan AgrAbility's clients and the cover photo on some of Michigan AgrAbility's brochures, lost his home and a nearby greenhouse in a fire. More
Missouri AgrAbility displayed at the 2018 Missouri State Fair, August 9 -19. More
Twenty-five veterans, socially disadvantaged, minority, and beginning farmers and ranchers with disabilities, participated in a three-hour Missouri AgrAbility seminar. More
Missouri Assistive Technology is offering a free Fresh Start Program for credit and debt management to Missouri AgrAbility farmers and ranchers with disabilities. More
Blaine Kemna, Missouri AgrAbility Barn Builder and former MO AgrAbility customer, is featured on page 4 of CONNECTIONS: Creating a better future through brain injury prevention, support, education and advocacy, fall 2018 BIA-MO Newsletter. More
Missouri AgrAbility will sponsor Rural Track at the Brain Injury Association of Missouri's 14th Annual Statewide Professional Development conference October 4 - 6, 2018, in Chesterfield, MO. More
Pharm to Farm and UMKC School of Pharmacy, collaborative partner of Missouri AgrAbility, provided farmers and farm families at the Missouri State Fair with rural wellness screenings and safety information. More
UMKC School of Pharmacy and Pharm to Farm developed an educational guide sheet titled: Better Sleep for the Farmer Stuck Counting Sheep, for the Farm & Ranch eXtension in Safety and Health (FReSH) Community of Practice (CoP).
Lincoln University had an educational booth highlighting AgrAbility at the Missouri State Fair. More
Susan Jaster visited with a private company located in Sedalia, Missouri called Retrieving Freedom Inc. that trains Labrador Retrievers to work with children, veterans, and Type 1 diabetes patients.
Lincoln University's Innovative Small Farmers Outreach Program (ISFOP), in collaboration with the Webb City Farmers' Market, held an educational field day highlighting the Jessup Wagon 2.0 to area farmers. More
The Missouri AgrAbility Project was highlighted at the St. Louis VA Summit and the Missouri Rural Health Conference with exhibits hosted by Brain Injury Association of Missouri staff. More
Emily presented the Nebraska AgrAbility Project at Nebraska State Fair. More
NC Agromedicine Institute and NC AgrAbility organized the NC AgrAbility Peer Farmer Luncheon on August 22 in Statesville, NC. More
NC AgrAbility attended the Specialty Crops Production Workshop on August 29 - 30, in Boone, NC, and also exhibited the NC AgrAbility display. More
Ohio AgrAbility has been very busy with outreach and education this summer. In early August OAP held the annual Peer to Peer Summer Meeting. More
OAP staff attended the annual Ohio Rural Health Conference and made connections with professionals from rural health, rural transportation and mobility, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, and several Ohio colleges with programs focused on rural health. More
OAP staff presented on AgrAbility and farming with arthritis at the Morrow County Agronomy Field Day. More
OAP staff attended the Amish Health and Safety Day and exhibited OAP resources for gardening and farming with a disability. More
The OAP staff is finishing preparations for the 2018 Farm Science Review. More
AgrAbility PA exhibited at Penn State University's annual Ag Progress Days event in August. This event is the Super Bowl equivalent for not only Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences... More
AgrAbility PA Project Assistant Abbie Spackman reviewed some of the factors related to stress and methods to cope with it at the Center for Dairy Excellence Breakfast during the event and The Delmarva Farmer spoke with her about it. More
AgrAbility staff member Kendra Martin attended a legislative panel discussion at the event. Congressional representatives were on hand to discuss local, state, and national agricultural issues and answer questions. U.S. Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson (serving the 5th district in Pennsylvania) was on the panel and has been a supporter of the Farm Bill. More
Tennessee AgrAbility (TNAP) promoted at four regional beginning-farmer classes across the state: Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) Training, Grass Fed Workshop, and GC Master Beef workshop. More
TNAP participated in the Hops Symposium at UT to learn what resources are available in Tennessee and nationwide for AgrAbility customers. More
TNAP is always telling folks about AgrAbility and for the first time received a new referral from a local school. More
TNAP made a new client visit in Bedford County to a man who is a cattle farmer with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and is legally blind. He is also the caregiver for his father, who has dementia and Parkinson's disease. More
Staff participated in all-staff call. TNAP appreciates all the updates and the new programs shared.
Vermont AgrAbility is proud to be a supporter and provider to the Farmer Veteran Coalition Vermont Chapter. The Homegrown By Heroes program is well received by Vermonters at farms, farm stands, farmers markets etc. More
This August, AgrAbility of Wisconsin staff attended and presented at the second MOSES Organic's In Her Boots session. More
AgrAbility of Wisconsin hosted two Neighbor-to-Neighbor meetings at past client's farms in August. More
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