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Assistance for Disabled Farmers

By March 27, 2012

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When you think of the disabled, you may not think of farmers and other ag workers. Yet after a disability many farmers continue to do physical jobs like herding cattle or planting acres of crops, even if it is incredibly difficult to do so. However, quitting work is usually not an option - family farms depend on all members of the family to make them work. Experience that is learned by working over the years cannot be easily passed on to another individual, as most knowledge is gained from hands on experience.

What can be done to help these individuals who want to continue helping run a farm so that they can support their families? To start, many disabled farmers have access to county Vocational Rehabilitation services, which can offer support and guidance after a disability. Furthermore, there is the AgrAbility program, a national program that works with land grand universities to provide assistance and support to disabled farmers and other ag workers.

Learn more about available opportunities and services from the following resources:

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