AgrAbility: Working in Rural Areas

Millions of Americans earn their living in agricultural production, which is one of the most hazardous occupations in our nation. The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates that more than 200,000 farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers experience lost-work-time injuries and occupational illnesses every year, approximately five percent of which have serious and permanent results. Off-farm incidents and health conditions affect thousands more farmers each year, making it difficult to perform essential work tasks.

AgrAbility makes it possible for agricultural and agribusiness workers and their family members who have any type of disability -- physical, cognitive, or illness-related -- to maintain their way of life. Assistance is provided by:

  • Assessing work sites and suggesting modifications
  • Suggesting how equipment may be adapted
  • Facilitating rural independent living
  • Stressing agricultural safety and prevention of secondary injury
  • Offering peer support opportunities

The AgrAbility program links the Cooperative Extension Service at a land-grant university with a private, nonprofit disability service organization to provide practical education and assistance that promotes independence in agricultural production and rural living.

To learn more, visit the National AgrAbility Project Web site or call toll-free 800-825-4264.

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