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The Shawnee News-Star
  • AgriAbility project readies for Capitol visit

  • AgriAbility is gearing up for its day at the state Capitol in two weeks.
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  • Each year Oklahoma’s AgrAbility Project strives to increase awareness about and meet the needs of Oklahoma agricultural producers with disabilities along with their families.
     
    Oklahoma AgrAbility’s opportunity to showcase its success and progress to state legislators and members of the public will take place on March 25 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. during the AgrAbility Day at the Capitol.
     
    “Our general purpose for AgrAbility Day at the Capitol is to educate legislators, recognize the partners of Oklahoma AgrAbility and let legislators get a better sense of who we are,” said Linda Jaco, the Project’s co-director.
     
    “We hope this will show the need for state support to provide additional services to our rural clients.”
     
    Oklahoma’s AgrAbility clients will have the opportunity to explain to state legislators the impact that Oklahoma AgrAbility has had on their lives and its importance to the futures of other producers living with disabilities.
     
    In 2007, the Oklahoma AgrAbility Project Act became law. The Act gives Oklahoma farmers and ranchers with disabilities access to the education, assistance and support they need to help them achieve more independence with their agricultural operations; however, the Act did not provide funding for the state Oklahoma AgrAbility Project.
     
    According to Jan Johnston, the Project’s principal investigator and co-director, “Our day at the Capitol will increase state legislators’ awareness of agricultural producers who have disabilities and will highlight the importance of the Oklahoma AgrAbility Project.”
     
    Exhibits and demonstrations showcasing Oklahoma AgrAbility’s services and accomplishments will be located on the fourth floor Rotunda of the Capitol building. To learn more about Oklahoma AgrAbility and the Project’s Day at the Capitol, please visit www.agrability.okstate.edu.

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