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Program That Assists Farmers with Disabilities to Be Showcased at Farm Science Review

August 17, 2010

LONDON, Ohio – The Ohio AgrAbility program will once again be showcased at Ohio State University's Farm Science Review, Sept. 21-23 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.

The program, part of the national AgrAbility program, assists farmers with disabilities. Visitors to Farm Science Review can stop by the AgrAbility booth along Land Avenue of the exhibitor area to learn more.

"Visitors to Farm Science Review can stop by the booth to meet and greet our staff and learn more about AgrAbility and what the program can do for them," said Dee Jepsen, OSU Extension's state safety leader.

"The program has a mission to improve a high quality of life for farmers and other agricultural workers with disabilities, so that they and their families continue to succeed."

In addition, Ohio AgrAbility will be showcased in the McCormick Building on Friday Avenue as part of the Universal Design exhibit. Universal Design is a user-friendly method of home accessibility for all. The year, the Universal Design area will expand to include a garage/farm shop design. AgrAbility will participate by showcasing ergonomic tools and equipment.

The Ohio AgrAbility program advances efforts to address a wide variety of disabling conditions faced by many working in agriculture, including arthritis, spinal cord injuries, back impairments, amputations, brain injury, visual impairments, hearing impairments, disabling diseases, cerebral palsy and respiratory impairments.

To learn more about the national AgrAbility program, log on to Ohio joins 27 other states with AgrAbility projects.

Farm Science Review is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. It attracts upwards of 140,000 visitors from all over the country and Canada, who come for three days to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, and learn the latest in agricultural research, conservation, family and nutrition, and gardening and landscape.

Farm Science Review pre-show tickets are now on sale for $5 at all OSU Extension county offices. Tickets will also be available at local agribusinesses. Tickets are $8 at the gate. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21-22 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23.

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Candace Pollock
Kent McGuire