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August 2022


Aaron Yoder attended the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Annual International Meeting in Houston, Texas, from July 17-20. He participated in committee meetings and presentations related to agricultural safety and health including sessions related to assistive technology for agricultural workers. On July 19, Aaron attended the session "Safety Modifications and Assistive Technologies for Agricultural Production." For more information on ASABE, visit

Leah Schmidt is the Nebraska AgrAbility summer intern. Leah has been developing and sharing social media messaging and promoting AgrAbility on Facebook at She has also updated the Nebraska AgrAbility coloring book sheets and is creating educational activities for upcoming shows and events. Staff appreciate Leah's hard work and wish her the best as she heads back to school to continue working towards her doctorate in occupational therapy. Leah says "Throughout my summer with Nebraska AgrAbility, I have learned more about what this amazing program does for injured farmers and ranchers. I have been able to interact with farmers and ranchers while also helping create and work on different projects for them. I have learned so much over the summer and I'm very thankful for this opportunity."

The Nebraska AgrAbility team recently met in-person to plan and coordinate efforts ahead of a very busy time of year for programming and events. Those who could not attend in-person were able to join the meeting virtually. The team also viewed a demonstration of the updated Nebraska Rural Response website at In addition to helpful resources for the rural community, the website features the new universal call or text 9-8-8 to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Submitted by Soni Cochran