Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced $4.1 million in grants awarded to 22 states to help farmers with disabilities through the AgrAbility program. USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service awards funds to land-grant universities that have partnered with nonprofit disability organizations to address the needs of AgrAbility's customers. Vilsack said the AgrAbility program can provide the resources and tools producers need to enhance their quality of life and be successful.
Since initial funding in 1991, CSREES has awarded grants to more than 30 states resulting in on-farm assistance to more than 12,000 farmers while educating thousands of professionals on how to accommodate those with disabilities in agriculture. The typical award provides up to $180,000 per year for up to four years to qualifying universities. For more information, visit www.agrability.org.