Ohio AgrAbility at 2012 Farm Science Reveiw

Sep. 11, 2012

An Ohio AgrAbility display will be setup in OSU Central with staff on hand to answer questions. AgrAbility is a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture promoting independence for people in agriculture who want to continue to farm after experiencing a disabling condition. The program works with a wide array of conditions including brain or spinal cord injuries, back injury, amputations, visual or hearing impairments, heart disease, respiratory problems, repetitive motion injuries, diabetes, and arthritis.

The AgrAbility tent will include a display area with informational materials and fact sheets, and showcase assistive technology used to help farmers with a disability remain productive.

"New to the AgrAbility tent, this year, will be a mobility charging station for Review visitors with personal mobility scooters and powered wheel chairs, who need a recharge," said Ohio AgAbilityProgram Coordinator Kent McGuire.

Ohio AgrAbility will sponsor an accessible bus to help shuttle people with special needs to and from the Review field plots. The AgrAbility shuttle will be available at the regular field plot shuttle area at the west end of the grounds, McGuire said. And, in recognition of the Farm Science Review's 50th anniversary, a collection of tractor seats spanning many years will be on display showing the evolution from hard, steel seats to the air-ride, ergonomically designed seats of today.

Farm Science Review is sponsored by the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, OSU Extension, and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Pre-show tickets are $5 at all OSU Extension county offices. Tickets are also 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. 18-19 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20.

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