Success Stories

Publications and videos about farmers and ranchers with disabilities who have overcome barriers with AgrAbility's help.

AgrAbility: 30 Years of Impact

Since 1991, AgrAbility has been working to improve quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities. Read about the history of the program, its main initiatives, and many client success stories through the new publication, AgrAbility: 30 Years of Impact.

"AgrAbility: Renewing Hope, Restoring Productivity" Video Series

Laurie Hayn, using prosthetic arm and prosthetic leg, stands on lift that raises her to cab of tractor.Watch the stories of AgrAbility clients who have overcome great obstacles to continue their lives in agriculture.


AgrAbility: A USDA Program with Demonstrated Impact is a 4-page publication, contains a basic description of AgrAbility's services, key statistics about the program's outreach and impact, and a success story of a program client. Featured is a recent study that indicates a significant increase in quality of life and independent living and working levels for AgrAbility clients as compared to farmers with disabilities who had not received AgrAbility services. Click here to download PDF.

Against the Odds featuring Carey Portell of Missouri

This success story tells of Carey's struggles to overcome a devastating car crash that left her with many challenges, including chronic pain and limited mobility. Read about the ways that Missouri AgrAbility helped her get back on her feet and back to farming.


  • Determination in Motion. Originally published in Seedstock Edge magazine, this is the story of Mark Hosier and his rebound from a spinal cord injury.
  • Gaining Ground. Originally published in Purdue's AgriCultures magazine, this article focuses on Mike Williams and his battle with arthritis and chronic pain.

What AgrAbility Means to Me videos

Videos of people who have been impacted by AgrAbility and their testimonials. All videos may be viewed directly via our YouTube channel.