AgrAbility helps keep disabled ag producers at work
Are you a farmer or farm worker who suffers from a disability and finds it hard to complete everyday tasks?
"If you are one of the thousands who believe there is no help for you, there is," said Brandon Boughen, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent for Potter County. "The national AgrAbility Project helps pair the disabled with the tools and resources they need to continue their way of life."
Texas AgrAbility is part of a nationwide network of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program goal is to inform, educate and assist individuals with disabilities to stay actively engaged in agriculture. Because AgrAbility is a 1990 farm bill funded program, there is no charge to the participants when certain need based criteria are met.
The Texas AgrAbility program can help producers overcome barriers by providing farm and worksite assessments, agribusiness assessments, in-home assessments, information and referrals, individual consultation services and technical assistance services, Boughen said. Producers have been recipients of custom made lifts to help gain access to farm machinery, modified hand controls, mobility devices and prosthetics.
"When most people think of disabilities they automatically think of a physical disability, but the AgrAbility program covers much more than that," he said. "It also assists people with arthritis, vision impairment, hearing impairment and much more."
The Texas AgrAbility Project has the unique ability to propose practical solutions to help keep producers in the field and in the driver's seat of their operations, Boughen said.
If you or someone you know may benefit from the Texas AgrAbility program contact Boughen at 806-373-0713 or go online to http://txagrability.tamu.edu for more information.