AgrAbility: 30 Years of Impact

Front cover of AgrAbility: 30 Years of Impact publication with three client photos: man tranferring from wheelchair into utility vehicle, man with leg amputations sitting in wheelchair in front of tractor, woman standing with arm around neck of longhorn bovineNational AgrAbility recently released AgrAbility: 30 Years of Impact. Among the highlights are a timeline of the program’s history, descriptions and statistics related to AgrAbility’s major initiatives, and 13 client stories (many with video links) that illustrate the ways that AgrAbility can improve quality of life and cultivate independence for people with disabilities in agriculture.

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has supported AgrAbility for more than 30 years. The program is also grateful for its other supporters, like CHS Foundation, Farmer Veteran Coalition, Farm Credit, NEC Foundation, and ButcherBox, to name just a few.

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You might also be interested in AgrAbilityImage of the cover of the 25-year summary report 1991 - 2016: 25 Years, 25 Stories. To celebrate AgrAbility's 25th anniversary, the National AgrAbility Project highlighted 25 of the thousands of stories that illustrate how the program has impacted the lives of people all around the nation, and even those in other countries. Click here for a PDF copy. 

Alan stands next to combine in field

Alan Kaltenberg: Staying the Course

Frank sits in motorized wheelchair next to tractor that has a platform lift to raise him to the cab

Frank Beard: “I’ve been blessed”

Jessie stands, dressed for cold weather, in front of utility vehicle and barn.

Jesse Bell: Overcoming the Odds

Grove Cattle, Carolina Country Magazine Cover, Randy Berger Photography

Kristi Grove: “AgrAbility Keeps Farmers Like Me Farming”

Doug sits in wheelchair with farm equipment and barn behind him

Doug VerHoeven: Paying It Forward

Davon stands with basket of grapes in vineyard

Davon Goodwin: “Getting My Hands in the Dirt Changed Me”

Samantha pushes wheelbarrow full of feed inside horse barn.

Samantha, Cam, and Nick: “My Disability Won’t Define Me”

Todd using lift to access cab of tractor with tracked wheelchair on ground near him.

Todd Haagen: Farming’s in His Blood

Jackie walking outside with horses in background

Jackie Weimer: AgrAbility Helps Her Do What She Loves

Kane in stand-up tracked wheelchair giving thumbs up and standing next to Rachel Jarman in farm shop.

Kane Lewis: Following in The Footsteps of Family

Cover of fotonovela with man, woman, and boy. Man has hand open and extended with icons of the 5 healthy steps at each of his fingertips.

Farmworkers Learn 5 Healthy Steps: Raising Awareness One Step at a Time

Carey in utility vehicle opening feed chute in back of UTV to cattle in foreground

Carey Portell: Against the Odds

Marvin standing next to pond with netting above to keep wildlife in

Marvin Van Beek: Finding a Way to Get It Done

Rolnick holding a goat

Shea Rolnick: New life, new hope through agriculture

John Hancock: Experiencing AgrAbility in all of its facets

Wyatt Fuss: Disability can’t rob this farm boy of his dreams

Eric Beckman: Quadriplegia didn’t keep him down

Ruby Davis: Overcoming arthritis to promote healthy living

Michael Trost petting horse in stall

Michael Trost: Wounds of war slow, but don’t stop, beginning farmer


Green Thumbs, Healthy Joints: Powerful results through accessible gardening

R.D. Elder riding lift up to cab of tractor with wheelchair in foreground

R.D. Elder: A “hand-up” from AgrAbility helps him continue farming

Photo of Mary Dunn sitting in utility vehicle

Mary Dunn: Love of farming keeps her going

Photo of Zane putting bridle on mule

Zane Volkmann: Brain injury changed his life, but not his determination

Michael sitting in wheelchair with Rebecca standing next to him

Michael Bolte: Progressive help for a progressive condition

Delilah Willis show pig at county fair

Delilah Willis: Teen with entrepreneurial vision not stopped by blindness