Let’s start with some quick background for those of you who might have never heard of us, or just need a refresher. Since 1991, AgrAbility of Wisconsin has been promoting success in agriculture for farmers and their families living with a farm injury, disability, or limitation. AgrAbility of Wisconsin is a partnership between the University of Wisconsin Extension and Easter Seals Wisconsin.
AgrAbility of Wisconsin has created a significant impact on Wisconsin agriculture by assisting over 2,500 farmers and farm families who have been able to continue farming or return to the farm worksite through AgrAbility intervention. A strong partnership between Easter Seals and UW Extension has been key to making Wisconsin’s project one of the most successful of its kind in the country.
We serve all different types of farmers and farms that are large and small. Our grant-funded program through USDA is free to everyone. You can easily enroll in our program on our website or give us a call. It takes 5 to 10 minutes and we ask you basic information and want to hear a little about what type of disability or limiting work condition you have. Once enrolled in our program you will have a phone call from one of our caseworkers and also set up a farm visit so one of our rural rehab specialists. Our rehab specialist will come out to your farm and watch the type of tasks you do on a daily basis, they will give you tips and ideas of how to make them easier with your disability and share ways to help you find monetary funds if needed.
Being a grant-funded organization one of the rules we follow is to not reach out directly to farmers and ask them to sign up for our program, we need the farmers to contact us. If you know someone with a disability or limiting work condition who works or owns a farm, even works in agriculture, please share our information with them and encourage them to enroll or enroll yourself.
Looking for more information on AgrAbility of Wisconsin, check out our website or give us a call at 608.262.9336.
Amanda Harguth is the Outreach Specialist for AgrAbility of Wisconsin, located in Madison at the University.
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