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AgrAbility gets farmers back to work worldwide

January 22, 2020

To Bill Field, professor of agricultural and biological engineering, a man who suffers a head injury falling from a grain bin in Indiana is no different than a woman who loses a foot to snakebite near Bangkok. “They have the same mechanical needs,” he explains — “how to get to where they need to be and do the things they’ve always done.”

Field directs the national AgrAbility Project, a USDA-NIFA-sponsored program that helps farmers, ranchers and other agricultural workers with disabilities meet those needs. His work focuses on three main areas: the health and well-being of farm families; enhancing emergency response in rural communities; and helping farmers rehabilitate after they’ve experienced a disability. The last priority taps Field’s ongoing research on assistive technology in agricultural workplaces.

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AgrAbility helps veterans launch and maintain careers in agriculture

March 5, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  Mike Mosier, a Marine Corps veteran, completed three tours of service, two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, before retiring from…

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Farmer Veteran Coalition meeting Nov. 11 in North Salem

October 31, 2017

Veterans, active military, and their families are invited to the inaugural meeting of the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Indiana, Nov. 11 at Blue Yonder Organic Farm in North Salem.

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