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A 25-Year Overview of AgrAbility Demographics.

Authors
  • Fetsch, Robert J1
  • Petrea, Robert E2
  • Jones, Paul J3
  • Field, William E3
  • Aherin, Robert A2
  • 1 Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA.
  • 2 Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA.
  • 3 Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of agromedicine
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2021
Volume
26
Issue
4
Pages
393–403
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/1059924X.2020.1837318
PMID: 33172348
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) AgrAbility Program was established as part of the 1990 Farm Bill. It functions through partnerships between land grant universities and nonprofit disability organizations to improve the independence and quality of life of ranchers and farmers with disabilities. This article reports on analyses of the first 25 years of demographic data from clients served by funded state AgrAbility projects.Between 1991 and 2016, State or Regional AgrAbility Projects (SRAPs) provided information, education, and service annually to an estimated average of 490 new clients for a total of 11,754 new clients. New clients' average age was 52.1 with 75.1% male. Primary causes of reported disabilities were chronic nonincident-related disabilities (41.7%), non-agricultural incidents (32.2%), and agricultural incidents (19.5%). Typically AgrAbility served clients for one to 74 months (M = 14.85 months), because of the severity of their disabilities, the deterioration of their situation, and the years it sometimes took to assist them in reaching their goals. Combining new, ongoing, reopened, and closed case reports, SRAPs served approximately 1,190 clients annually on average. The average age of new, ongoing, reopened, and closed case reports was 52.7 with 78.0% male.Data collection, analyses, and reporting of client data presented a means of providing program accountability and of helping guide future programming efforts. Findings were used by stakeholders, policymakers, and decision-makers to justify the continued inclusion of the AgrAbility Program in the 2018 USDA Farm Bill.

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