May is National Arthritis Awareness Month
Arthritis affects approximately one-third of all adult farm and ranch operators and is considered one of the leading causes of disability by customers of the USDA AgrAbility Project. With the average age of the American farmer climbing above 57, increasingly more farmers will find tasks difficult to complete. Many agricultural workers do not know they may be at risk of developing arthritis. The Arthritis and Agriculture webpage provides education and support of agricultural professionals and their families who have been affected by arthritis so that a farmer, rancher, or farm worker may continue to live a productive life in agriculture. Check it out!
AgrAbility is hosting a free webinar on May 29 for anyone interested in gardening and arthritis issues. Registrations are due by May 24. Go to this website for more information and to register: Gardening with Effective Arthritis Management
Nebraska AgrAbility Project
Since 1995 Nebraska AgrAbility has helped individuals with disabilities overcome barriers to continue in their chosen agricultural profession. The program collaborates with community professionals to:
- Modify farm and ranch operations
- Adapt equipment
- Increase farmstead accessibility
- Provide financial counseling
- Identify funding sources
- Coordinate community services.
- The National AgrAbility Project and its state programs are supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through a competitive grant process.
The National AgrAbility Project and its state programs are supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through a competitive grant process.
New! National AgrAbility YouTube Channel.
AgrAbility: It's About Hope! The USDA-sponsored AgrAbility Program serves farm families touched by disability. A disabling injury, illness, or lifelong disability can challenge anyone's hope, especially when the individual has been engaged in the physically demanding occupation of agricultural production. AgrAbility's mission -- for the last 20 years and into the future -- is to enhance and protect quality of life and preserve livelihoods, and support and promote growth and independence.