Agricultural Systems Management Club makes a difference

Last year, the Agricultural Systems Management (ASM) Club inquired about a partnership with Ohio AgrAbility to identify Ohio farmers with disabilities who could use a helping hand with farm work, cleanup or any other projects around the farm. This fall, the partnership resulted in 11 ASM students going to Fredericktown, Ohio, to work on the farm of Clarence Atkinson and Deborah Mattix, two AgrAbility clients. “All I can say is, ‘Wow,’” Atkinson said. “The students who came to our farm were great. We did not have to instruct them very much at all. We showed them what we needed done, and they just did it.”

“They made the shade structure, cleaned the mow and the grainery in the first two hours, then did the cement in the holes, cut some trees from the gateway, helped move gate and cattle panels, loaded my six-wheeler on a trailer, and moved the hay elevator to the window in the barn by hand. They helped by getting the battery out of our old Ford, then they changed the oil in my 165 Ferguson. ... These students were very polite, hard workers and had fun doing it. Just wonderful people to know, and it is so hard to thank them enough.”

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