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Amber Wolfe of Arthritis Foundation Talks about AgrAbility

Amber Wolfe, the Arthritis Foundation National AgrAbility Project Coordinator, shares information on arthritis, sources of joint stress and pain on the farm, as well as operational changes, modifications to farm equipment and assistive technology tools available to farmers and agricultural workers.

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Maine AgrAbility Hosts Arthritis and Agriculture Workshops

Two free workshops focused on arthritis in agricultural occupations were offered July 30, 2013 at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester and at University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Knox-Lincoln County office in Waldoboro.   Amber Wolfe, Arthritis Foundation National AgrAbility Project Coordinator, and Lani Carlson, UMaine Extension Maine AgrAbility Coordinator, will share information on arthritis treatment […]

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May Is National Arthritis Awareness Month

Arthritis affects approximately one-third of all adult farm and ranch operators and is considered one of the leading causes of disability by customers of the USDA AgrAbility Project. Arthritis can cause significant impairments to one’s mobility, dexterity, capacity to lift heavy loads and emotional well-being due to unmanaged pain and other factors. With the average […]

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Oh My Aching…

With the increased awareness of local foods and health benefits, home gardening has been become a popular activity. In turn, the number of gardening-related injuries has increased. These injuries can be attributed to increased strenuous activities over the weekend — the endearing term “weekend warrior” comes to mind. Improper work practices while gardening may make […]

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Cooperative Extension Program Cited in Press Herald Blog

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Maine AgrAbility program was mentioned in the Portland Press Herald blog “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources.” Lani Carlson, Maine AgrAbility project coordinator, spoke about the program that provides services and assistance to support Maine farmers with disabilities and their families so they can continue to have successful […]

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Assistive Technology and Farming with a Disability

This hands-on workshop provides participants with an overview of hundreds of assistive technology solutions that can be created in minutes using everyday tools and materials found around the farm or in rural communities. Participants will learn amazing uses for 42 different tools and materials for fabricating quick solutions in rural remote areas without the need […]

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2013 Farm Tractor Safety Courses

  Participants will learn how to handle tractors and equipment safely, how to identify hazards, and how to minimize the chances of accidents. The course is open to all adults and youth interested, but priority will be given to youth ages 14 to 16. This course is required for 14 and 15 year olds who […]

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Low Vision / Ag Safety Tip

Audible Cues Around the Farm Placing doorbells and wind chimes on the farm may help someone with low vision orient themselves. (Tip courtesy of Oklahoma AgrAbility)

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So You Want to Farm in Maine? Free Webinar

So You Want to Farm in Maine is a farm business course for people who want to start a profitable farm or expand their farm hobby into a profitable business. This course will be offered in eight (8) evening webinars, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., starting Thursday, March 7. Classes will be held on […]

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