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Mid-Atlantic AgrAbility to host free Respiratory Health Webinar

Respiratory Health Webinar hosted by Mid-Atlantic AgrAbility


DATE:   February 15, 2012 at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

SPEAKER:  John May, M.D., with Bassett Hospital and New York Center for Agriculture Medicine and Health


The agricultural workplace has long been associated with respiratory diseases.  Respiratory disease is among the main chronic health conditions affecting farmers, agricultural workers, greenhouse and nursery workers, veterinarians, and grain handling workers.  While significant exposure leading to acute disease have decreased, it is estimated that there has been a significant increase in subacute and chronic respiratory diseases associated with agricultural confinement facilities.

Exposures to organic dusts, molds, bacteria, and gases such as from the fermentation of manure and silage will lead to respiratory illnesses, often with overlapping clinical signs and symptoms.  Other respiratory hazards include inorganic dusts, pesticides, and other agricultural chemicals.

Don’t miss this informative webinar to learn more about respiratory hazards, respiratory protection and supporting farmers with respiratory illnesses. 


Dr. May is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  His training in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease was at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY and at the University of Colorado Medical Center. For most of the past 30 years,

he has practiced pulmonary medicine at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, NY. Over this time he has worked increasingly on occupational health problems affecting people in agriculture. As Director of the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH), Dr. May leads one of nine regional centers for agricultural safety and health designated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.   The Northeast Center has active projects in a number of northeastern and middle Atlantic states.  Through this work, Dr. May has acquired experience in a variety of approaches to public health intervention.  He also serves as director of the Bassett Research Institute.


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Registrants will receive a link to the webinar by Feb. 10, 2012.

AgrAbility celebrates 20 years providing accessible support to the farming community

The National AgrAbility Program celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year in supporting farmers and their families with disabilities. USDA currently supports more than 25 states and regional projects including the Mid-Atlantic AgrAbility Project (MAAP) which supports farmers in Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.

The vision of AgrAbility is to enable a high quality lifestyle for farmers and farm workers with disabilities. Through education and assistance, AgrAbility helps to eliminate obstacles that blocks success in production agriculture or agriculture-related occupations. AgrAbility helps farmers tackle the health challenges that sometimes come with farming like: arthritis, chronic back pain, respiratory problems, hearing and visual impairment and more serious challenges such as amputations, paralysis, head injuries, and other disabling conditions.

The Mid-Atlantic AgrAbility Project is a partnership of the land-grant institutions – the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, University of Maryland and Rutgers University working with non-profit disability partners – Easter Seals of Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Resources for Independence in Maryland, and Goodwill in New Jersey. The project targets farmers, watermen, loggers and poultry growers who want to continue making their livelihoods in agriculture despite a physical limitation or health condition.
AgrAbility offers the following services at no cost to farmers:

• Conducts on-site assessments to identify barriers
• Recommends appropriate assistive technologies (equipment, tools and devices), modified work practices, and other possible solutions to overcoming disability-related limitations  
• Provides educational and training opportunities and informational materials
• Refers customers to service providers for potential assistance (financial support and rehabilitative services, etc.) to meet the clients’ needs
• Offers expert advice on equipment modifications, home modifications and adaptive equipment
• Provides peer support opportunities

Since it began in 1991, AgrAbility has impacted the lives of thousands of farmers through direct services. The Mid-Atlantic AgrAbility Project is in its 14th year and it is estimated that we have serviced approximately 300 first-time farmers and their families and reached more than 10,000 with training, educational programs, and outreach activities.

The Mid-Atlantic AgrAbility Project provides solutions, removes barriers through assistive technology, is about no-limit thinking and preserves a way of life. Please visit our website at or contact Ron Jester at the Sussex County Extension Office (302)856-2585, Ext 584 to learn more about the program.

Mid-Atlantic Agrability to hold Lyme Disease and Arthritis workshop on April 30. Free.

The Mid-Atlantic Agrability Project is working with the Arthritis Foundation and several health organizations to sponsor the Arthritis-Lyme Disease Workshop on Friday, April 30 in Salisbury, Md. at the MAC Center on Snow Hill Rd. The workshop starts at 7:30 a.m. with a health fair and continues until noon. There is no registration fee, but attendees are asked to call the Wicomico County Extension Office at 410-749-6141or the Agrability toll free number at 877-204-FARM to register for the workshop.

Topics will include low back pain, Lyme disease and treatment and protocols for arthritis. Amber Wolfe with the Indiana Arthritis Foundation will make a keynote presentation on “Farming with Arthritis.” A free CD on farming with arthritis will be made available to farmers attending.

The health fair will include the following screenings: blood pressure, dermal scan analysis, balance, flexibility and bone density. Educational materials will also be available from the exhibitors and vendors.

It is a well known fact that arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the mid-Atlantic area and specifically in the farming communities. Farmers and outside workers are also at risk for Lyme disease. This workshop combines these two important health and disabling conditions and looks at risk factors, identification and treatment. Area medical experts will present the latest information and answer your questions.

The Mid-Atlantic Agrability Project is supported by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension. It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin. If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event
Please call the numbers above and register by Wednesday, April 28 if you are planning on attending. Seating is limited and so we encourage early registration.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Ron Jester at (302)856-2585 ext. 530.