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

Free Online AgrAbility Workshop: Feb 21-23
The AgrAbility Virtual National Training Workshop is a three-day, online conference featuring two 1-hour webinars each day for a total of six sessions. Presentations cover a wide range of topics related to disability and agriculture. Sessions begin at 11 am and 3 pm (EST) each day. Registration is FREE!
It's not too late! Bridging Horizons Contest open to PA FFA until March 21, 2017 

AgrAbility PA is sponsoring a contest with monetary awards for Pennsylvania FFA Association members ONLY! This is an exclusive way to get involved and support the state's agricultural community.

The Bridging Horizons Community Service Contest provides an opportunity for the Pennsylvania FFA Association members to make a positive impact in their community. The goal is to enhance independence and promote success of farmers and agricultural workers with disabilities or long-term health conditions. 
 
Monetary awards will be given to one statewide winner in each category (3) and an overall contest winner. Deadline for submissions: March 21, 2017.

Learn more about the categories and contest information
 
The 2017 Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund application is live!

Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) is accepting applications for the 2017 award cycle for the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund -- the largest grant program in the country that provides direct assistance to veterans in agriculture.   
FVC is a national nonprofit organization that assists military veterans embarking on careers in agriculture. Membership is open to active military members, veterans, family members, friends, supporters, farmers, and more. Membership is FREE!

Join today
AT Spotlight: Milk Taxi

 

T
he birth of a healthy new calf on the farm is cause for celebration! On a dairy farm, the birth of several new
 
heifers can be the highlight of the year . Not to mention, new calves are super cute. :)

But combine a flood of new calves, cold weather, and a disability -- suddenly calves are no longer so cute. In fact, caring for them can be a struggle. This is especially true for individuals who have mobility impairments, arthritis, or muscle weakness. 

Milk taxi by Holm & Laue 
An assistive technology (AT) solution to help feed calves 
 can be found in a milk taxi, calf mobile, or milk shuttle. 

Options for these devices range from small and simple to large and complex,
and can be fitted to most sized operations. Although there are many makes and models, the general concept includes an insulated or heated milk storage tank on wheels with an easy dispensing system. This tool can easily transport milk from the milk house to the calves. It eliminates lifting or carrying heavy buckets and saves time by reducing the number of trips back and forth. Devices with a heating option can keep milk warm for longer periods of time, allowing the individual to work at a slow pace if needed. Most of these tools are also designed with self-cleaning or easy to clean setups. 
 
Contact AgrAbility PA to learn about vendors and potential financial assistance options.
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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