The North Carolina AgrAbility Partnership (NC AgrAbility) is a federally-funded grant program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute for Food Safety (USDA-NIFA). The program consists of a National Project and individually funded state or regional projects. The National AgrAbility Project was originally established in the 1990 Farm Bill and in 1991, the project consisted of 8 states. Today, AgrAbility is funded in 20 state and regional projects serving states, and has 6 affiliate states.
NC AgrAbility is a project of the NC Agromedicine Institute and is funded through North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Our Partners include East Carolina University’s College of Allied Health Sciences, North Carolina State University’s Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering, and the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program. The National Arthritis Foundation-Mid Atlantic and the Network of Centers for Independent Living also assist with program activities. To learn more about our Partners, click here.
Agriculture is North Carolina’s #1 industry, contributes more than $70 Billion dollars to the state economy. North Carolina produces more than 80 different commodities and ranks either 1st or 2nd in the nation in nine of those. North Carolina agriculture’s work force is just as diverse as our commodities and is spread over more than 50,000 farms statewide. To learn more about agriculture in North Carolina, click here to view the latest Agricultural Statistics from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences.
The mission of NC AgrAbility is to educate and assist farmers, ranchers, farmworkers and their family members engaged in production agriculture who are living with disabilities to enable them to stay actively engaged in production agriculture, agriculture-related occupations, and/or daily life.
NC AgrAbility works to improve the quality of life for these individuals by helping to eliminate or minimize obstacles that limit independence and productivity in agriculture. Click here to learn more about our services.
A goal in the months ahead is to establish awareness and continue to build relationships with community partners across the state that can assist with services, establish funding for assistive technology or adaptive solutions, and provide peer support to individuals farming with a disability.