NC AgrAbility works to improve the quality of life for individuals farming with disabilities by focusing on four primary goals. These goals include:
NC AgrAbility provides direct services to farmers, ranchers, farmworkers and their family members engaged in production agriculture. Direct services include providing information on resources relevant to an individual’s needs, and/or conducting on-site farm assessments to determine barriers to completing tasks and meeting occupational goals on the farm.
NC AgrAbility can also recommend assistive technologies (equipment/tools/devices), modified work practices, and/or other adaptive solutions to help reduce disability-related limitations. Due to being federally funded, NC AgrAbility cannot provide direct funding, however, services may include referrals for individuals to other service providers (e.g., rehabilitation, educational, financial) for potential assistance specific to the individual’s needs. NC AgrAbility services are tailored to best serve each farmer’s unique needs.
NC AgrAbility does have a small cost share opportunity for AgrAbility clients to assist with assistive technology purchases identified as a need to continue production agriculture. This program is made possible by a grant from the Ag Carolina Farm Credit Rural Development Fund. For more information about funding sources, visit our Resources page.
A cornerstone of NC AgrAbility is our Educational goals. NC AgrAbility is committed to educating individuals farming with disabilities on resources available to them throughout our state that may be of assistance, including but not limited to, agricultural production assistance, disability-related services, assistive technology, basic work ergonomics or community support programs. In addition to one-on-one consultations, NC AgrAbility provides education through presence at community events and presentations at agricultural and disability-related meetings.
NC AgrAbility also provides educational opportunities through trainings and professional development sessions for health care professionals, allied health and agricultural engineering degree students, Cooperative Extension Agents and staff of organizations who may be assisting farmers with disabilities. Our project works directly with students at North Carolina State University Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering and East Carolina University College of Allied Health Sciences to provide experience related to assisting farmers with disabilities and developing potential solutions for them.
Finally, NC AgrAbility provides statistical information to the National AgrAbility Project to help illustrate the impact that disability has on our state’s and country’s farmers and farm families, as well as the impact of AgrAbility on that population.
Awareness & Advocacy
NC AgrAbility is committed to educating the community on the impact and advocating for the needs of individuals farming with disabilities. With the help of our Partners, NC AgrAbility works to build a bridge of understanding and serve as liaison between service organizations, product manufacturers, and other related communities of interest that may work directly with individuals farming with disabilities.
The North Carolina AgrAbility Partnership got it’s name from the collaborative partnership that spans statewide in a variety of communities. NC AgrAbility works daily on building and expanding this network be able to provide as many resources and connections to our consumers and network affiliates as possible.