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.

AgrAbility PA to award prizes to winning PA FFA Chapters in Bridging Horizons Contest
   

   AgrAbility PA's inaugural Bridging Horizons Contest concluded this spring with
  two 
winners! The contest provided an opportunity for Pennsylvania FFA Association
  chapters to make a positive impact in their community by enhancing independence
  and/or promoting success for farmers with disabilities.
 
  The Central Columbia FFA and Columbia-Montour AVTS FFA chapters will
  split $400 as they collaborated on a service project. The Cumberland County FFA   will win $400 for an assistive technology tabletop demo.
 
  Awards will be presented during the 88th PA FFA State Convention &
  Activities Week
, which is held at Penn State University from June 13-15, 2017.
  Students and their FFA chapters will be honored on June 14 at 7 p.m. during a
  General Session event at the Bryce Jordan Center. 
 
Save the Date: AgrAbility PA Out & About


When: June 25-29, 2017
Where: Logan, Utah

The 2017 International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) Annual Conference  will highlight  emerging issues relevant to the health and safety of people involved in production agriculture.

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Horse Progress Days 
When: June 30 - July 1, 2017
Where: 35 Brethren Church Road | Leola, PA
Showcasing the latest in newly manufactured and modified horse drawn equipment. Featuring field demonstrations, educational seminars, a parade of breeds, and something for everyone in the horse industry.

PSU's Ag Progress Days 
When: Aug. 15-17, 2017
Where: Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center
Address: 2710 W Pine Grove Rd | Pennsylvania Furnace, PA
Ag Progress Days at Penn State University, held annually during three days in August, is Pennsylvania's largest outdoor agricultural exposition. AgrAbility PA will be present with information, demonstrations, and resources for farmers and agricultural workers with a disability or long-term health condition.
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AT Spotlight: Tractor Door Opener

I nstall a tractor door opener for easier and safer  tractor cab  access for individuals with mobility impairments.

Many older model International tractors, often found on Pennsylvania farms, have doors that do not open wide enough or stay open by themselves. The door hinges toward the front of the tractor rather than the back like many other models. This increases the difficultly associated with entering and exiting the operator platform. 

Often, the individual has to hold the door open while climbing the steps. The doors are also known to swing back and hit the individual if they are not pushing on the door. For someone with limited strength it can be difficult to hold the door open. This also creates a higher risk of falls because holding the door open takes focus off foot placement and balance.  

Tractor door openers are cylinders that mount at the top of the tractor door. This device can be easily installed  and is relatively inexpensive. Once installed the cylinder helps open the door and keeps the door in the open position. This is an excellent piece of assistive technology to help modify older tractors.   

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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