Extension Ag Update
March/April 2001
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Agrability Unlimited: 1-800-500-7325

Agrability Unlimited is an Extension program for disabled farm people. The purpose of the program is to link farm people who have any type of disability that could be caused by an accident, disease or aging limitations to services that will enhance their productivity. This program is primarily funded by USDA. Illinois is currently one of 18 states who have received grants for this program. In Illinois, it is a cooperative program with Easter Seals Central Illinois. The funding for the program comes under the Farm Bill.

A newsletter on this program and agriculture safety is now available. The newsletter is on the Extension Agricultural Safety and Health webpage: http://www.age.uiuc.edu/agsafety/ To be added to the mailing list for this newsletter, or if you know of farm people who might benefit from the services of this program please call the 800 number or Bob Aherin at 217-333-9417. Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) Web Guide Helps Producers Write CAFO Comments that are due July 30, 2001.

http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/immag/afocafo.html

Iowa State University has developed this site to help livestock producers voice their concerns over the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed rules for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The site gives references and page numbers to find changes in the Federal Register. It also outlines questions producers might consider in developing their comments. There are links to the proposed CAFO rules, fact sheets and supporting documents. Comments are due by July 30, 2001 and the earliest new regulations may take effect is 2003.