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AgrAbility is a consumer-driven USDA-funded program that provides direct education and assistance to farmers and family members with disabilities. Through the combined dedication and expertise of the Cooperative Extension System and nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to disabled individuals, AgrAbility helps producers overcome barriers to increase their success in agricultural production. 

AgrAbility was implemented in the 1990 Farm bill and received its first federal funding in 1991. Competitive projects are awarded to Cooperative Extension and non-profit disability organization teams to educate and assist agricultural workers, adapt resources, and provide development opportunities for rehabilitation and health care professionals. In addition to State and Regional AgrAbility Projects’ (SRAPs) efforts, the National AgrAbility Project (NAP) at Purdue University provides additional support with technical assistance, professional development, and resource enhancement and dissemination. 

AgrAbility activities and impact demonstrate the ability of Cooperative Extension, in partnership with non-profit organizations, to respond to local needs and make a difference in communities. Most importantly, the partnerships illustrate how communities can leverage resources to provide opportunities, expand boundaries, and turn a hope into a reality.


Applications must be submitted by the Cooperative Extension at 1862 and 1890 Land-Grant Colleges and Universities including the University of the District of Columbia, Tuskegee University, West Virginia State University, and Central State University. Applicants must partner with private non-profit organizations providing direct services to individuals with disabilities.


Previous and current AgrAbility awards


Success Stories


The National AgrAbility Project

Program type
Grant Program

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