The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $540,000 in available funding for State and regional projects that provide education, assistive technology and other support to current and prospective farmers and ranchers with disabilities. Since 1991, NIFA's AgrAbility program has helped thousands of individuals with disabilities, including older farmers and Veterans, achieve success in agricultural occupations.
"Whether you are an experienced farmer facing mobility issues or a Veteran starting a new career in agriculture, AgrAbility works with the Cooperative Extension System and nonprofit disability organizations to open doors to people with disabilities," said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. "The AgrAbility network gives health, farm and government service providers tools to provide greater access to the agricultural profession."
This funding opportunity will support the development of new State and regional AgrAbility Projects that help providers build their capacity to serve people with disabilities. Projects also directly provide assistance to people with disabilities. Eligible projects focus on the following:
Education - Projects help...