Kansas AgrAbility is part of a national network of programs administered by the United States Department of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research, Education & Extension Service (USDA-CSREES). The goal of the AgrAbility Project is to inform, educate, and assist farmers, farm families, and farm workers who have disabilities, so they can continue to work and thrive in their agricultural career.
Agricultural production is one of the nation's most hazardous occupations. In Kansas, it is estimated that more than 9,000 full-time or part-time farmers or farm workers have disabilities that limit their ability to work in production agriculture. For many of these individuals, the presence of a disability jeopardizes their rural and agricultural futures. Rural isolation, a tradition of self-reliance, and gaps in rural service delivery systems frequently prevent agricultural workers with disabilities from taking advantage of growing expertiese in modifying farm operations, adapting equipment, promoting farmstead accessibility, and using assistive technologies to safely accommodate disability in agricultural and rural settings. Yet, with some assistance, the majority of disabled agricultural workers can continue to earn their livelihoods in agriculture and participate fully in rural community life.
Congress authorized the AgrAbility Project in the 1990 Farm Bill and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research, Education & Extension Service (USDA-CSREES) launched the AgrAbility Project in 1991. The national project is carried out cooperatively by the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension (UW) and Easter Seals (ES).
In Kansas call 1-800-KAN DO IT -- 1-800-526-3648.
Each year AgrAbility helps hundreds of farmers, ranchers, agricultural workers and their families succeed in agricultural production and rural community life. The Kansas AgrAbility Project is administered by Kansas State University Research and Extension through an agreement with the USDA-CSREES.