Since 1993, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service has received funding from the AgrAbility Project to provide education and technical assistance to agriculture operators and farm family members who face the challenges of a disability. Farm families may feel that problems such as these make it too difficult to continue farming activities. But with our help, they can! Kentucky AgrAbility assists rural and farm families in overcoming limitations. For example, a typical tobacco and beef cattle farmer or grain producer can remain a vital part of the agriculture industry even after a permanent or temporary disability. Kentucky AgrAbility works to maximize these individual's abilities on the farm. Even if the disabled family member is not the producer, the farm family still suffers. That is why Kentucky AgrAbility also focuses on Kentucky farm women, older farmers, farm children, minorities, and limited resource farmers.
- Provide direct on-farm technical assistance, such as modifying tools, equipment, and machinery.
- Facilitate networking among farmers with disabilities to share ideas, experiences, and support.
- Help find financial support for assistive technology and farm equipment modifications.
- Network with national organizations that provide assistive technology for farmers with disabilities.
- Access and make recommendations to make homes and farm buildings more accessible.
- Refer individuals to appropriate agencies and organizations that best meets their needs.
- Train rural healthcare professionals and providers on Rehabilitation Technology in Agriculture.
- Participate in rural safety, injury prevention, and disability awareness and education programs.
Read the latest from the National AgrAbility Project to learn how the program helps farmers return and continue productive farming.
The Kentucky AgrAbility Project is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture, CSREES, under special project number 99-EDFA-0-3132.