The National AgrAbility Project produces news-related publications, listed below, that share success stories, discuss available resources, announce and/or report on special events, address current and emerging assistive technologies, and cover various other topics of interest.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The National AgrAbility Project has released a new video explaining the therapeutic and economic benefits of agriculture for current and former members of the armed services and how veterans can successfully transition into careers in farming.
The video, called “The Next Mission: Breaking Down Barriers for Veterans in Agriculture” is posted on the AgrAbility YouTube channel at www.nextmission.us. It was produced at Purdue and includes interviews with a number of military veterans across the country, discussing their experiences starting new careers in agriculture.
The theme of the video is based on the premise that military members are highly trained, self-disciplined and mission-oriented, characteristics that translate well into agricultural careers.
“There is significant evidence that raising crops and working with the soil can be a healing experience,” said Cindy Chastain, veteran outreach coordinator for the National AgrAbility Project. “Our goal with the video is to educate and inspire military members who are seeking ways to make a healthy and productive return to civilian life. We want them to know that agriculture is a viable option.”
Chastain said the video would be made available through university Extension offices throughout the country, including the 92 Purdue Extension county offices in Indiana. It will also be provided free of charge to veterans’ groups and professionals who work with military members.
Inspiring video about what AgrAbility, VR (vocational rehabilitation services), and our clients can do. William Meyer has a T-4 spinal cord injury but has returned to his fields and to horseback to continue working the family cattle operation.
This 23-page booklet covering topics like arthritis basics, gardening pre-planning, tools and accessories, overall health, pain management, and small scale fruit and vegetable production. A Spanish translation is available from the Arthritis Foundation Get a copy or link to the translation.
AgrAbility Harvest is a newsletter that highlights the activities and impacts of AgrAbility, and is designed for agricultural producers, AgrAbility staff members, rehabilitation specialists, agriculture professionals, educators, legislators, or anyone else with an interest in the agriculture and disability arena. It is published in both electronic and print formats, and to receive print copies, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with "Newsletter" in the subject line.
The AgrAbility e-Note is a monthly electronic publication primarily targeting AgrAbility staff members, but containing information that may be of interest to others. It focuses on current activities from the National and State/Regional AgrAbility Projects, and contains listings of upcoming events, plus links to stories about AgrAbility from other media outlets.
The AgrAbility Quarterly newsletters were produced when the National AgrAbility Project was located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001-2008. The archive of all issues can be found through the UW Cooperative Extension atfyi.uwex.edu/agrability/newsletter/