Part of our mission is to provide resources that span a vast network, connecting agriculture, disability service organizations, assistive technology, financial assistance opportunities, and community services to enable individuals farming with disabilities to make the connections they need to be able to continue to pursue their careers in production agriculture. Below are some commonly accessed resources. Be sure to check out the tabbed categories at the bottom for topic specific listings.
AgrAbility is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and consists of a National Project and State/Regional Projects (currently serving 24 states), each involving collaborative partnerships between land grant universities and various nonprofit disability services organizations.
The North Carolina Agromedicine Institute, is a University of North Carolina inter-institutional institute whose partners are East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. In addition to university partners, the Institute relies heavily on its collaborative partnerships with the agricultural community, other universities, businesses, health care organizations, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations who are dedicated to identifying and addressing the health and safety risks of farmers, foresters, fishers, their families and communities in North Carolina and surrounding states in the mid-Atlantic region (i.e., Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and eastern Tennessee). The Institute serves the agricultural community in all things agricultural health and safety.
A frequently asked question is the financial significance of farming with disabilities or chronic illness and the economic impact and risks associated with agriculture compared to other U.S. occupations. This fact sheet is a snapshot of the agriculture workforce, the economic toll of worker injuries and the benefits of investing in safety released by the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA). To learn more about ASHCA, the organizations behind it and the ASHCA safety-grants program, visit www.ashca.org.
NC AgrAbility Resource Directories
NC AgrAbility has compiled a list of frequently accessed resources, by topic, to assist farmers both locally and beyond.
- Disability Services Resource Directory
The Toolbox: Agricultural Tools, Equipment, Machinery & Buildings for Farmers and Ranchers with Physical Disabilities contains assistive technology solutions for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities.
via NC State BAE Extension Publications, listed under “AT-AgrAbility”
The NCATP is a state and federally funded program created under the Assistive Technology Act 2004 to increase statewide access of assistive technology to people of all ages and abilities to provide one-on-one consultations, assessments and individualized plans. NCATP also works with professionals in disability related fields to provide training and workshops in access, augmentative communication, and a wide spectrum of assistive devices. NCATP has 11 offices statewide, covering all 100 counties of North Carolina.
Agriculture & Arthritis
Learn more about farming and gardening with Arthritis on our “Let’s Talk About Arthritis” page.
- Agricultural Resources Directory
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The Farm Service Agency is equitably serving all farmers, ranchers, and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs for all Americans. FSA’s responsibilities are organized into five areas: Farm Programs, Farm Loans, Commodity Operations, Management and State Operations. The agency continues to provide America’s farmers with a strong safety net through the administration of farm commodity programs. FSA also implements ad hoc disaster programs. FSA’s long-standing tradition of conserving the nation’s natural resources continues through the Conservation Reserve Program. The agency provides credit to agricultural producers who are unable to receive private, commercial credit. FSA places special emphasis on providing loans to beginning, minority and women farmers and ranchers. Its Commodity Operations division purchases and delivers commodities for use in humanitarian programs at home and abroad.
The Small Farm Collaborative is an NC A&T initiative to make valuable resources more available to small farmers across North Carolina. The Aggie FarmOn Trailer crosses the state each year to ensure communities and farmers have access to all the latest smart technology and time-proven techniques to foster profitable farm enterprises that provide farm fresh, locally produced, foods and farm products to consumers all across North Carolina and beyond.
The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service partners with communities to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land and economy of North Carolinians. Nationally, Cooperative Extension provides educational programming in five key areas:
- sustaining agriculture and forestry
- protecting the environment
- maintaining viable communities
- developing responsible youth
- developing strong, healthy and safe families
The NC Cooperative Extension Service has offices in all 100 North Carolina counties and with the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians (EBCI). Find your local extension center by clicking the link above.
- Financial Services Resource Directory
Thanks to a grant from Ag Carolina Farm Credit’s Rural Development Fund, NC AgrAbility has a 50/50 cost share opportunity to offer the 34 Ag Carolina Farm Credit counties. Please click the link to view the flier about the cost share program to find out if you might be eligible. Counties covered are: