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NIFA Celebrates AgrAbility’s 30 Year Anniversary

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Rachel Dotson, Public Affairs Specialist (Social Media)

For 30 years, AgrAbility, funded through USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), has been making it possible for individuals with disabilities to work in their chosen profession of agriculture.

While the majority of disabling injuries and illness are non-work related, disabling farming-related injuries happen often as agriculture ranks among the most hazardous of industries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2018, per the CDC,  there were over 2 million agriculture workers in the U.S.  
 
“Throughout the 30 years of the program, I have had the opportunity to meet many AgrAbility clients   who have expressed how AgrAbility has made a difference in their quality of life,” said NIFA National Science Liaison Brad Rein. “I have always been inspired by their perseverance and determination to begin or continue working in agriculture. I would like to express my appreciation for all who support the AgrAbility program and make a difference in the lives of the public we serve.”
 
During October, AgrAbility projects from 20 states will participate in the AgrAbility Virtual State Fair on Twitter. Each day, a State/Regional AgrAbility Projects organizer will highlight how it supports and serves within the state’s agriculture employment landscape. Educational programs and assistive information will also be shared each weekend for veterans in agriculture, caregivers, youth, and underserved populations.
 
AgrAbility received its first federal funding in 1991 and was implemented as recommended in the USDA 1990 Farm Bill. Since, AgrAbility has served individuals with a wide range of disability types including physical, cognitive, or illness related. Since 1990, the program has supported over 18,000 farmers and ranchers. To find a contact in your state, visit AgrAbility.org.

 
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