Archive for the ‘AgrAbility’ Category

Free Farm Safety Stickers Available

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Work Safely, Keep FarmingFarmers have the seventh most-dangerous job in America.

Annually, there are 26.2 work-related fatalities per 100,000 full-time farmers, according to Business Insider. Of the 268 farm deaths in 2011, 54 percent were transportation related.

With harvest season underway, many Maine farmers and farm workers are operating farm tractors in fields and on roads. To promote workplace safety, the Maine AgrAbility Program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Northern New England and Alpha One, developed a brightly colored decal to be applied to tractor fenders, dashboards and windshields. The decal reminds operators to work safely.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s AgrAbility Program will give as many as five free safety stickers to each farm in Maine. To order, contact Maine AgrAbility Coordinator Lani Carlson at maine.agrability@maine.edu or 207.944.1533, or online.

Maine AgrAbility is an outreach program for farmers and farm workers with disabilities or chronic illnesses to help them keep farming. Maine AgrAbility is sponsored by UMaine Extension in collaboration with Alpha One and Goodwill Industries of Northern New England. More information about Maine AgrAbility is online (umaine.edu/agrability).

Keep Farming Using Technology Solutions

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Archived Webinar from 9/24/2013

In this webinar, participants will learn more about Maine’s AgrAbility program and about the farmers who are using these services. The presenter will discuss farmer’s disability related needs; look at technology solutions including off-the-shelf products, adaptive equipment, farm modification, and software products. The presentation will also include funding options.

Target audience: Farmers, occupational therapists, physical therapist, educators in Cooperative Extension, vocational rehabilitation counselors, Veterans, Assistive Technology Practitioners, others in the Maine agricultural community.