AgrAbility PA assists farmers and agricultural workers with a disability or long-term health condition by linking them to potential resources and by providing support they need to live independently and continue working in or return to production agriculture.

What does the Bryce Jordan Center, Washington, D.C., and Lancaster County have in common? 

Answer:
All places that AgrAbility PA has traveled to in the last few weeks! :)   It's been a full summer of travel and outreach for the project. And it's only July!  
 
 
 
Congratulations to three FFA chapters: Cumberland Valley, Central Columbia, and Columbia-Montour A.V.T.S. The students were recognized at a gathering in Bryce Jordan Center during the 88th State Convention & Activities Week held at Penn State.  
Read more about the winning projects

    
AgrAbility PA joined the National AgrAbility Project for a day of informing legislators, staffers, and legislative aides about assistive technology and the important and necessary role it plays in the everyday lives of people with a disability or long-term health condition. That includes farmers and agricultural workers! The event took place at the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill and was sponsored by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD).

As many said, "It's not a want. It's a need. Technology matters."
Read more about the visit to Washington, D.C.  

 
AgrAbility staff participated in two outreach events in Lancaster County aimed at reaching Amish and Mennonite communities.

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PA partnered with the National AgrAbility Project to participate in an event in Ephrata, Pa., where the focus was on those with a disability. The event was attended by over 600 Amish and Mennonites. 

AgrAbility PA staff also participated in Horse Progress Days in Leola, Pa . It was the 24 th year for the event, which changes location each year. The goal of the event is to promote the combination of animal power and the latest equipment innovations in an effort to support sustainable small scale farming and land stewardship. Thanks to the PA Office of Rural Health for their partnership with us at this event, especially Jim Harvey!
 
Finally, AgrAbility PA staff attended the 2017 Farming for Success event hosted by Penn State Extension. The event was attended by over 200 producers and industry professionals. The day began with a motivational speech by Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding. He focused on the role each individual is playing in the future of agriculture. Other topics of the day included best conservation practices to protect the Chesapeake Bay , pest and noxious weed control, grain bin safety, and farm transition strategies. 
Save the Date: Ag Progress Days, Aug 15-17 

It's that time of year again! Penn State's Ag Progress Days. AgrAbility PA will be there to meet clients, answer questions, and share resources and information. Looking forward to seeing you there!


When: Aug. 15-17, 2017
Where: Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center
Address: 2710 W Pine Grove Rd | Pennsylvania Furnace, PA

Read more about the event.  
For more information about AgrAbility PA , visit   www.AgrAbilityPa.org or www.AgrAbilityPA.wordpress.com , email AgrAbility@psu.edu , or call (814) 867-5288. 
 
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Looking for something fun to do this summer? We've got a list for that!


Check out the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs website! They have a comprehensive and searchable listing of county fairs across the Commonwealth.

Filter by event, location, fan favorites, date and more! Check it out. 
 
AT Spotlight: Strong Arm Lift

Do you struggle with tasks such as picking rocks, loading firewood, or lifting feed bags?

If you answered yes to any of those tasks, you need to learn about the Strong Arm Lift! 


 

This device is designed to bolt onto a utility vehicle (see website for compatible models) and assist with loading heavy objects.
Multiple attachments enable you to pick up rocks and perform a variety of other tasks. This is an ideal tool for individuals with mobility impairments, amputations, muscle loss, arthritis, and more. 
 

 
   
 

AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians (AgrAbility PA) is a statewide partnership between Penn State Extension and UCP Central PA in support of a project funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

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