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June 8, 2017

Learn about barn door automation, accessible trails and beaches and our work with dairy farmers in Pennsylvania.

Todd Zimmerman with the 3-ton bulk feed bin.
June 5, 2017

Todd Zimmerman knows all about the benefits of working with an occupational therapist (OT) to ease his pain and better his workflow around the farm. He had the opportunity through AgrAbility PA and the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) to receive on-farm visits from a licensed OT practitioner in 2008 and 2016.

May 9, 2017

AgrAbility announces the winners of the Bridging Horizons Contest. Also learn about upcoming events and a tractor door opener which is the AT Spotlight.

May 5, 2017

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.

April 7, 2017

The AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians Advisory Group held their annual meeting in State College on March 16. The group met to review the project scope, responsibilities, and overall efforts of the grant-based program. The goal of the project is to assist farmers and agricultural workers in overcoming a disability or long-term health condition so that they may continue to work and remain in production agriculture in the state of Pennsylvania. The grant for the project was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

April 4, 2017

March was a busy month for AgrAbility with the National AgrAbility Training Workshop held Tennessee and the annual meeting of the advisory group. Learn about the PA Assistive Technology Foundation and visit the AT Spotlight that highlights ergonomic gardening tools.

March 9, 2017

Penn State students in agricultural fraternities, a sorority and several clubs held a “Penny War” and spaghetti dinner at University Park which raised nearly $1,000 for a Pennsylvania farmer with a disability.

March 7, 2017

This edition features a story about how Penn State students raised money for a Pennsylvania farmer, entry details about the Bridging Horizons program, need for occupational therapists, and beekeeping.

February 8, 2017

Learn about upcoming events like the FREE online AgrAbility workshop on February 21 - 23 and Bridging Horizons contest for FFA Chapter. Also the 2017 Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is accepting applications. And you won't want to miss the assistive technology spotlight about the 'milk taxi'.

December 21, 2016

AgrAbility PA had a busy and productive year in 2016! It was filled with meeting new clients, farm assessments, outreach events, and more. The staff, which is comprised of members from Penn State and UCP Central PA, traveled and networked throughout the state spreading the word about how AgrAbility can assist farmers and other agricultural workers with a disability or long-term health condition.

December 6, 2016

Field Notes highlights upcoming activities, AT spotlight about utility vehicles, and our latest events.

November 21, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced this week that Purdue University will receive a grant to continue hosting the National AgrAbility Project (NAP). The grant will be in place from 2016 to 2020.

November 10, 2016

The making of a soldier, airman, sailor, or Marine. When a person enters the armed forces, they are trained and conditioned for what lies ahead. Everyone goes through a basic training program to be successful for graduation. Officers and drill sergeants have the tremendous job of turning a civilian into a qualified military service person.

November 2, 2016

Meet a dairy farmer from Somerset County, learn about side entrance skid steers, and find out where you will see AgrAbility at upcoming events.

October 17, 2016

Cathie Dibert served her country as a Specialist E4 in Army military intelligence. Returning to the Claysburg area, she became a registered nurse, and now, a farmer.

October 3, 2016

It's harvest time. Read about managing stress during this busy time of the year and there is a special AT spotlight about the Powerhorse 300.

September 20, 2016

AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians Project (AgrAbility PA) joins the National AgrAbility Project, as well as other state and regional AgrAbility projects, to celebrate National AgrAbility Day: Monday, Sept. 19, 2016.

August 30, 2016

The September 2016 edition of Field Notes is now available. Reminder that National AgrAbility Day is September 19th. Learn about a grain auger with drop points as the AT Spotlight and read about our activities at the 2016 Ag Progress Days.

August 25, 2016

AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians took part in Penn State's 2016 Ag Progress Days in August at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rocks Spring.

August 22, 2016

For the past 25 years, the AgrAbility Project has assisted farmers and ranchers remain in production agriculture despite challenges related to a disability or long-term health condition.