Friday, July 10, 2020






Current  Archive    
The Standing Company Donates to AgrAbility
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 ( reads)

Ed Bell standing with his PowerStand wheelchair.
Thanks to the The Standing Wheelchair Company of Saginaw for donating to Michigan AgrAbility! Now we can help one more farmer keep working.

A standing chair works great in a greenhouse for checking hanging baskets!

Call The Standing Wheelchair Company or Michigan AgrAbility if

an accommodation like this would help you keep farming. 800-956-4106

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A Massive Stroke Almost Ends Plans of Retirement Farming
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 ( reads)

An unexpected massive stroke threatened to end the retirement plans of Gary Glownia and his wife Gayle to enjoy country life on a small farm with their well-established flock of Shetland sheep, herd of Angora goats, and chickens.

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Losing Leg Does Not Stop Farmer
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 ( reads)

Michigan Agrability helped former horse trainer and veterinarian, Bill Smith transition to sheep farming after an illness resulted in the amputation of his right leg.   Michigan AgrAbility was contacted to review the Smith farm to assess Bill’s primary goal of improving his mobility.  

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Thrown from Mule, Farmer Suffers Head, Shoulder & Neck Pain
Friday, March 3, 2017 ( reads)

Thrown from his Kawasaki Mule when it tipped on rough terrain, Paul Constanzo damaged his head, shoulder, and C3-C4 vertebrae.  Michigan Agrability was able to reduce the resulting pain in his right wrist, neck, and shoulder and tingling nerves in right extremities while doing farm work.

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A New Chance at Life Brings New Life to the Family Farm
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 ( reads)

Meet Aaron Fenrich.
by  Bev Berens

Strong and resilient, Aaron Fenrich didn’t dwell on what he thought was nagging heartburn the morning of April 25, 2013. Instead, he packed his lunch and left for work at Hillside Dairy where he drove truck and did light maintenance ten miles away. Continue reading to see how a near tragedy led to a new way of life for Aaron and a new era for the family farm.

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Workin' in a Winter Wonderland
Friday, January 20, 2017 ( reads)

In case you weren’t aware, it is WINTER. Looking out my window in west Michigan, it looks more like early spring, but it is still chillingly cold, annoyingly wet, and January is only half over. Likely, there is still more cold wet weather to come, and all individuals regardless of health or physical ability, should equip themselves to handle whatever winter may throw their way.

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The 2016 AGR Hog Roast -- gotta move fast on this one!
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 ( reads)

It's comin' up fast!

And it's gonna 
be a big'un!

The 2016 Alpha Gamma Rho
Hog Roast to benefit
Michigan AgrAbility is so close 
you can almost taste it.

But there's still time to show up.

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2016 Andersons Golf Outing
Thursday, August 18, 2016 ( reads)

Support Michigan agriculture and have a great time doing it!

Register now for the 2016 Benefit Golf Outing for
Michigan AgrAbility & Customer Appreciation Dinner
hosted by The Andersons.

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Meet Tom Kolasa
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 ( reads)

  Hydroponic strawberries
  provide purpose and income
  at K’s Acres in Hillsdale.

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Meet Jose Garza
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 ( reads)

Pruning is vital
to a fruit tree’s long term production capacity. Pruning also keeps Jose, working all through Michigan’s snowy winter.

For Jose to continue his vital role in the orchard, he had to make some changes in the way he worked. 

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A Brave Boy Copes with Disability with Help from Family and AgrAbility
Friday, February 26, 2016 ( reads)

Nine year old Wyatt Fuss won't let a disability rob him of his farming dreams. Michigan AgrAbility helps farm families at any stage in life.

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Coping with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Arthritis
Thursday, February 4, 2016 ( reads)

If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis, check out this free webinar anytime!

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Meet Roger Pellegrini
Thursday, January 28, 2016 ( reads)


I've never seen a farmer with so much arthritis who is able to continue working in the farm shop like Roger does,” said Ned Stoller, AgrAbility Assistive Technology Professional.

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2016 AGR Beef Preview
Monday, December 21, 2015 ( reads)

Show your prize cattle at the 4th Annual Alpha Gamma Rho Beef Preview Show.

Support Michigan AgrAbility.

Take your shot at some great prize money!

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MSU Mechanical Engineering Students Help AgrAbilty Through Capstone Project
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 ( reads)

Michigan State University student engineers are required to complete a capstone project before leaving the world of academia and heading into the real world of work.

One group project took on the everyday mobility issues of Michigan AgrAbility client and Clinton County Farmer, Dan Acre.

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Farm EXPOs in Grand Rapids
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 ( reads)

An all-terrain power wheelchair will be just one of the exhibits at the Life Essentials booth during the EXPOs on December 8-10.

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Thank you, Alpha Gamma Rho!
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 ( reads)

A good time was had by all as Michigan State's Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity hosted another successful hog roast fundraiser for AgrAbility in September!

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Meet Carl Russell
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 ( reads)

“We are working harder than we were thirty years ago,” says Emily Russell, co-owner of Russell’s Blueberries and Book Barn.

Ned Stoller, Michigan AgrAbility Engineer, helped the Carl and Emily Russell obtain and install a safe, comfortable seat for the sprayer as well as a new seat with arm rests for the tractor so Russell will be better able to pull himself up on the tractor. 

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There's a hog roast a comin'!
Friday, September 4, 2015 ( reads)

A great party for a great cause.It’s coming!  Save the date!
Alpha Gamma Rho Hog Roast to benefit AgrAbility
Support a great cause and eat a great meal all for only $8.
Sept. 25, 2015 
3:30-6:30 pm
Valley Court Park
East Lansing, MI

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Thank You, Tri-Town 4-H
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 ( reads)

They did it again!  Thank You to the members of the Tri-Town 4-H Club for caring for farmers with disabilities!

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2015 Andersons Golf Outing
Thursday, July 30, 2015 ( reads)

Join us on August 27th for The Andersons Annual Golf Outing benefiting Easter Seals' Michigan AgrAbility, which helps Michigan farmers with disabilities.

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Meet Paul Geer
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 ( reads)

Paul Geer, a remarkable farmer who won't let a broken back keep him down.

MEET PAUL GEER. Geer raises market vegetables and flowers in Kent County at Frozen Creek Floral Farms. Paul walks with a cane and has had surgery to fuse several vertebrae in his back. But in 2012, a car accident broke the fusions in his back,

Meet Paul Geer
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 ( reads)

Paul Geer is a farmer who will not allow severe back problems to get in the way of his flower farming and arranging.

MEET PAUL GEER. Geer raises market vegetables and flowers in Kent County at Frozen Creek Floral Farms. Paul walks with a cane and has had surgery to fuse several vertebrae in his back. But in 2012, a car accident broke the fusions in his back, resulting in constant pain today.

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Meet Marilyn Anderson
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 ( reads)

Meet Marilyn Anderson from American Barn Quilts, who raises This is a photo of Marilyn Anderson and Ned Stoller looking at Marilyn's barn quilt and chickens.chickens and vegetables on her homestead, in spite of having disabling arthritis.

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Meet Bob VanDenBerg
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 ( reads)

This is a photo collage of Bob VanDenBerg and his cows.

Meet Bob VanDenBerg, a lifelong dairy farmer from Allegan County, Michigan, who after a farming accident which impaired his vision, still milks 150 cows and farms 600 acres with his brother, nephew, and father Paul. 

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Two Great Organizations Working Together
Monday, June 22, 2015 ( reads)

 Disability Advocates helps people with disabilities stay in their homes and AgrAbility helps them continue to work their farms.        “Two Great Organizations Working Together”
                                          Disability Advocates helps people continue living in their homes…

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Centers for Independent Living
Friday, June 19, 2015 ( reads)

Ned Stoller, Michigan AgrAbility Agricultural Assistive Technology Specialist, presented an AgrAbility training to promote awareness of agriculture as a good employment option for people with disabilities at the Centers For Independent Living in Lansing.

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Thank You, Alpha Gamma Rho!
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 ( reads)

Michigan State University Alpha Gamma Rho volunteers came out for a great work day to help an equine farmer with polio.